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Dig it! October is S.C. Archaeology Month

By Peggy Binette,, 803-777-7704

South Carolinians are passionate about history, particularly the state’s history. Throughout October the community will have an opportunity to explore the archaeology and history of the Palmetto State through an array of statewide events as part of the 21st annual S.C. Archaeology Month.

Organized by the College of Arts and SciencesS.C. Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA) at the University of South Carolina and 70 organizations across the state, the observance will feature lectures, exhibits, activities and tours where people can experience how archaeologists unlock the mysteries of South Carolina’s past, from prehistoric sties to Colonial plantations and underwater history. A complete listing of 2012 S.C. Archaeology Month events is available on the website.

Annual Archaeology Field Day, now in its 25th year, is among the signature events. This year it takes place 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Santee State Park. Organized and sponsored by the Archaeological Society of South Carolina, the family event will include artifact identification for people who bring their prized finds, demonstrations, exhibits, activities for children and a variety of talks than span the prehistoric and historic occupations of South Carolina. Admission for afternoon events is $5 for adults and $3 for children. Complementing the day activities will be a barbecue at 5 p.m. and Lantern Tour from 6:30 – 8 p.m., both offered at an additional cost. Details are available on the ASSC website.

This year’s theme is “Civil War Shipwrecks in South Carolina.” Each year SCIAA produces a large colorful keepsake poster for teachers, students and families that reflects the theme and features historical images on one side and information about archaeological research on the back. Among SCIAA’s Civil War maritime projects are ones about the Charleston Harbor Civil War naval battlefield, which includes sunken Union ironclads and Confederate blockade runners; the H.L. Hunley submarine and the C.S.S. Pee Dee and Mars Bluff Naval Yard.

The posters are available through SCIAA, which is located at 1321 Pendleton St. in Columbia. For more information about S.C. Archaeology Month and the posters, contact Nena Powell Rice, SCIAA, at 803-576-6573 or via email at

For more information about Archaeological Field Day, contact Carl Steen at 803-782-8789 or via email at

Visit the SCIAA website a for a full listing of the 70 events offered by state and national parks, museums, libraries and other cultural and historical organizations.

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Posted: 09/24/12 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 09/24/12 @ 4:36 PM | Permalink