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College of Arts & Sciences
Maritime Research Division


Cooper River

In 1992, under the direction of South Carolina sport diver Jimmy Moss and the guidance from SCIAA's Sport Diver Archaeology Management Program, a group of volunteer sport divers conducted a preliminary historical and archaeological survey of a portion of the West Branch of the Cooper River. The Cooper River is one of the most popular diving areas in the state. The first objective of this project was to involve divers in an avocational archaeology project to promote diver education of submerged cultural resources.  The second objective was to systematically locate and assess underwater cultural resources in a historically significant two-mile stretch of the Cooper River.  Sites surveyed included shipwrecks, a dock structure, as well as prehistoric and historic artifact scatters.

Related Information

1993. Harris, Lynn, Moss, Jimmy, and Naylor, Carl. "The Cooper River Survey: An Underwater Reconnaissance of the West Branch." Research Manuscript 218. South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina.