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Sept. 26, 2011

Share the spirit of discovery in October during S.C. Archaeology Month

Explore the Palmetto State’s historic and prehistoric past during the 20th annual South Carolina Archaeology Month Oct. 1-31, culminated in the 2011 24th Annual Archaeology Field Day on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Lynches River County Park (formally Lynches River State Park) in Florence County.

Archaeology Month increases public understanding of the value of archaeology. Archaeological sites are important to understanding South Carolina’s heritage because they are the main source of our knowledge of the prehistoric and historic past.

The theme of this year’s Archaeology Month is "Making Artifacts Talk: The Archaeology and Education at the Johannes Kolb Site." For a schedule describing all the activities of South Carolina Archaeology Month call (803) 576-6573 in Columbia.

South Carolina Archaeology Month will culminate Saturday, Oct. 29 at Lynches River County Park (formally Lynches River State Park) in Florence County. Bring your artifacts for identification in the Artifact ID Tent. This event will focus on various aspects of archaeological research being conducted in South Carolina, particularly the Johannes Kolb site located on the Great Pee Dee River in Darlington County. Offered will be an array of living history demonstrations, exhibits, educational hands-on activities and lectures that span the entire prehistoric and historic occupations throughout time in South Carolina. Bring the whole family!

The many events planned during Archaeology Month, organized by the S.C. Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology with assistance from the archaeological community, such as the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Heritage Trust Program, will educate members of the public about what they can do to help protect and study the state’s archaeological resources. Heritage Trust acquires and preserves land of cultural or natural significance in the state at 72 heritage preserves statewide with at least 15 archaeological sites.


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