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Maritime Research Division


Willtown Bluff

South Carolina sport divers Drew Ruddy, Jim Batey, and Steve Howard were fascinated with the Willtown Bluff site on the Edisto River since early diving in South Carolina waters in 1969. They reported the site to the State and worked with them to record the archaeological material recovered from the site dating between the late 17th century to the late 18th century.  Ruddy and other sport divers collected artifacts at Willtown during 1969 and 1970 and then returned with MRD again in 1998 for an archaeological survey. Artifacts from the underwater projects revealed dates consistant with that of the occupation of the property. Drew Ruddy wrote up a report, with the help of the Maritime Reasrch Division, to create a better understanding of the artifacts collected and history of recovery and diving on the site. Many of the artifacts are now on display at the Colleton County Museum in Walterboro, South Carolina.

Related Information

2000. Harris, Lynn. "Diver Completes Report on Willtown." Legacy. Vol. 5, No. 2. December. South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina. p. 13.

2000. Ruddy, Drew. "Willtown Bluff: An Avocational Underwater Archaeological Report." South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina.

1998. Ruddy, Drew. "Willtown: Past and Present." Legacy. Vol. 3, No. 3. December. South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. University of South Carolina. Columbia, South Carolina. p. 18.