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Archaeological Society of South Carolina News

by Sarah Stephens, ASSC Newsletter Editor/Interim VP

The Archaeological Society of South Carolina (ASSC) hosted our first ever knap-in on May 8th and 9th at the Lynches River County Park in Florence County. The event featured flint knappers, atlatl throwing, archery, and vendors selling everything from knapping tool, reproductions, ceramics, to flutes. We had a small crowd due to inclement weather, but we are hoping next year to grow the event. On Saturday ASSC’s journal editor Chris Moore, who is with Savannah River Archaeological Research Program, gave a wonderful presentation on tool use by early hunter-gatherers in the central Savannah River area. The talk explored how blood residue left on stone tools from thousands of years ago allows researchers to find out what types of animals were being hunted.  

This year the society is trying more than ever to be active. We are putting plans together to host chapter wide archaeology education workshops and excavations along with providing more events, such as the knap-in. We currently have three chapters- Foothills, Hilton Head, and Beaufort. They are very active and are constantly hosting a variety of speakers at their meetings. The Foothills has also been having some fun this year hosting excavations. They recently completed another season at the Fisher Site in Barnwell. 

Our next big event will be Fall Field Day in October. The exact date and location has yet to be announced, but this year it will be in downtown Columbia. The event features prehistoric and historic skill demonstrators, story tellers, and others who present on how people in South Carolina experienced their daily lives. Fall Field Day is free and family friendly. Keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter to hear the latest details. 

If you are interested in joining us, becoming a member is easy. Members receive our quarterly newsletter, annual journal, and free entry into any ASSC events such as our annual conference. For more information please visit our website or email us at archaeologysocietysc@gmail.com.

Knap-In Organizer Michael Miller knapping away: 

 

Atlatl demonstration at the knap-in: 

 

 

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