Archaeological Society of South Carolina Updates and Events
By Nate Fulmer, MRD
The ASSC Annual Conference on South Carolina Archaeology will be held on Saturday, February 20th at 9am on the University of South Carolina campus. This year's theme is Settlement Archaeology, in honor of Santa Elena's 450th anniversary. As always there will be a special session focused on this theme as well as a general SC archaeology session. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. David G. Moore. Dr. Moore is a professor at Asheville's Warren Wilson College. He has co-directed extensive excavations at the 16th century Berry site, located in Morganton, North Carolina. The Berry site includes the remains of Fort San Juan, built and occupied by Spanish soldiers between 1566 and 1567 and considered the earliest European settlement in the interior of North America, as well as the Native American town Joara, which was occupied from approximately AD 1400 to 1600. Dr. Moore will discuss his work at the site and its connections to Santa Elena. For more information about the conference, please visit the ASSC website or the conference event page on Facebook.
This year's Spring Workshop will be Saturday, March 26 from 9 AM - 12 PM. This workshop is all about artifact photography. The workshop will be taught by Mount Vernon Lab Director, Karen Price, who will show attendees how to take and process beautiful and detailed digital photographs of artifacts. The workshop will take place in the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology's Education Room and no personal equipment is required. Although, if you have a question about your particular camera settings feel free to bring it along. Additionally, feel free to bring an artifact or two that you'd like assistance photographing. The workshop is open to ASSC members only. However, becoming a member is affordable and easy. See the website to join: http://www.assc.net/about-the-society/membership. Space for the workshop may be limited. RSVP'ing to Brandy Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org is encouraged.