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Archaeological Society of South Carolina Update

By Sarah Stephens, ASSC

    The Archaeological Society of South Carolina (ASSC) is off to a busy start this year. Our Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology was held at the end of February at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. The conference was very well attended and it was nice to see new faces. Presentations were given on an array of South Carolina archaeology topics from prehistoric lithics to Edgefield pottery. This year’s conference featured a screening of Discovering Dave: Spirit in Clay, a film about the Edgefield slave potter Dave, and a keynote address was given by Chester DePratter on the Yamasee in South Carolina.       Our Board Member elections were held in January and we are happy to have both new and former Board Members joining us for the 2015-2017 terms. Stacey Young and Christopher Gillam are our new Board Members at Large, Michael Miller is the new Treasurer, and Rebecca Shepherd is now Secretary. 

     We are excited to add a new event to this year’s calendar. We will be holding a knap-in May 8th and 9th at the Lynches River County Park outside of Florence. The event is free and family friendly! The knap-in will showcase the primitive skills used by prehistoric Native Americans. Flintknappers will be on site demonstrating the ancient art of making stone tools while atlatl and dart experts will show off hunting techniques from before the invention of the bow and arrow. On Saturday afternoon Chris Moore, archaeologist with the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program, will be giving a lecture on lithics in South Carolina. For more information please visit our website at or the Facebook page at  

In addition to these events, we are also organizing an avocational archaeologist certification program and creating short informational videos on topics such as how to fill out a South Carolina archaeological site form. 

We are looking forward to continuing to add events and educational opportunities to the public this year. Keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter@SC_Archaeology.

Photo 1: Former treasurer Savannah Hulon with new treasurer Michael Miller checking in people at the conference.

Photo 2: Chester DePratter delivering the keynote speech at the annual conference.

Photos courtesy of Bach Pham.


















Photos courtesy of Bach Pham.