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Santa Elena Conference: April 15, 2016

450th Anniversary of the Establishment of Santa Elena

During April 2016, the Santa Elena Foundation and partner organizations throughout Beaufort County, South Carolina, will hold a series of events to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the establishment of Santa Elena, the 16th century Spanish town on present-day Parris Island. Eminent archaeologists and historians from across the country will gather for a Scholars Conference in Beaufort on April 15 to share with the public their studies of early Spanish colonization in America, 16th century exploration of la Florida, and recent archaeological findings.

“The Santa Elena Scholars Conference will be the first time this group of scholars have come together to collaborate and share their knowledge with the general public under one roof,” said Dr. Chester DePratter, Lead Archaeologist for Santa Elena. “Join us at the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center for the Arts to enjoy this unique opportunity to hear special presentations by those scholars and scientists who made the discoveries.”

Details of the conference and other events can be found here.