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Sept. 18, 2013

Archaeology Field Day at Santee State Park on Sept. 21

Each fall the Archaeology Society of South Carolina (ASSC) sponsors a gathering of archaeologists, primitive skills demonstrators, story tellers, and others to show how people of the past coped with their daily lives.

Demonstrators Scott Jones and S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Heritage Trust archaeologist Sean Taylor will show how to make and use stone tools. The Edisto singers will drum and dance to traditional Native American music. Catawba potter Keith “Little Bear” Brown will show how to make pottery and tell traditional stories. Terry James will talk about the lives of African American share croppers in the late 19th century. Fuz Sanderson will show how to make fire without matches. Jason Smith will show how settlers lived in the 1760s. USC Professor Leland Ferguson will lead a tour of the Ft. Watson Indian Mound at 1 p.m.

ASSC members get in free. Others are asked to pay $5 for adults, and $3 for children and students, or a family rate of $10. Santee State Park is centrally located and convenient to both I-26 and I-95. Camp sites and lake front cabins are available, and there are plenty of motels in nearby Santee.

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