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October 17, 2008

Oct. 25 Archaeology Fall Field Day at Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site

Join the Archaeological Society of South Carolina for the 21st Annual Archaeology Fall Field Day at Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site near Summerville. Events begin at 10 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m. Colonial Dorchester offers a wonderful setting to discover the past. Its tabby fort ruins and the brick bell tower of St. George’s Anglican Church sets a historic atmosphere and its archaeological record offers a window into village life from 1697 until the American Revolution. 

The theme for this year’s event will focus on Historic Indian Trade and Colonial Interactions. The Society’s goal is to educate the public about the past that can be found beneath their feet by offering presentations and demonstrations, which bring life to the archaeological record and show the human side of history. While the theme, Historic Indian Trade and Colonial Interactions is our focus, presentations and demonstrations will not be limited to this subject. The all-day event fees are $8 for adult, $5 for child, or $6 for a senior. 

For further information contact:  Sean Taylor, Vice-President of the Archaeological Society of South Carolina (ASSC) and archaeologist at SC Department of Natural Resources-Heritage Trust Program, (803) 734-3753 or Nena Powell Rice, SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, (803) 777-8170. 
There will also be demonstrations of maritime (underwater) archaeological techniques and terrestrial (land) remote sensing using ground penetrating radar. Archaeologists will discuss excavations of historic sites which have informed us about the interactions between Native Americans, Africans and Europeans. Demonstrators include: aboriginal skills, colonial lifeways, Revolutionary War soldiers and more. Native American groups will be there to talk about their history and current culture.

Tour fascinating archaeological exhibits and bid on unusual gifts at a Society fundraising auction.  Please contact Nena Powell Rice is you have items for the auction via email at nrice@sc.edu or by calling (803) 777-8170 or (803) 331-3431.  Pack your picnic basket if you're coming for the afternoon or purchase food from concessions on-site.  Please bring a lawn chair and/or blankets, items to be donated to the Society auction, and your favorite artifacts for identification. 

This event is sponsored and partially funded by ASSC; SC Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism; Leigh Fibers; Archaeological Consultants of the Carolinas; and Diachronic Research Foundation.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina's natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people.

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