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Combahee River

The Maritime Research Division worked with SCIAA Research Division's Dr. Chester DePratter as well as diving volunteers to conduct a week-long underwater investigation and surface collection from a site in the Combahee River in June of 2013 and again in June 2014.  The team are looking for evidence of a late 17th century Yemasee Indian village believed to be eroding out of the river bank. Side-scan sonar operations were conducted first to analyze the before diving operations began as well as information provided from a 1975 SCIAA underwater survey of the area. The team was specifically interested in Yemasee-made pottery, of which they found almost exclusively. Diving and dredging operations in June of 2014 yielded more evidence of the site as the team tried to identify a more precise location of the where the erosion orignated.

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2013. DePratter, Chester B. "Underwater Archaeology on the Combahee River." Legacy. Vol. 17, No. 2. November. South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina. pp. 10-11.

2013. DePratter, Chester. "Observations on a Black Water Dive Adventure." Quarterly Reporter. Vol. 4, Iss. 2. July. Maritime Research Division. South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina. pp. 7-8.

2013. Hickman, Jim. "A Good Day on the Combahee." Quarterly Reporter. Vol. 4, Iss. 2. July. Maritime Research Division. South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina. pp. 8-9.