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Archaeology Month 2016

This year's theme is entitled "Santa Elena’s 450th Anniversary: Celebrating America’s Untold Story"

In late August, there will be a list of the calendar of events and programs presented during the Twenty-Fifth Annual South Carolina Archaeology Month (October 1-31, 2016). Archaeology Month events will be offered in October, but there will also be listings of other programs offered in September and following Archaeology Month in November 2015, as well as into next year. Events and programs will be developed by dedicated professionals, avocationlists, and organizations in order to bring our state’s prehistoric and historic past to life for all ages. Through such public outreach efforts, the archaeological community hopes to build regional and local public support for the preservation of our Native American, African, and European heritage.
By sponsoring an annual event like South Carolina Archaeology Month, the archaeological community of South Carolina intends to: 1) Stimulate public pride in our state's 14,000-year archaeological heritage, 2) Increase public understanding of why archaeological research is important, 3) Heighten public awareness of how many archaeological resources are lost each year in South Carolina, 4) Educate the public about what they can do to help protect, preserve, and study the state’s archaeological resources, and 5) Get more people involved in legitimate archaeological activities.
Archaeology Month activities will begin in October 2016 with a variety of statewide events focusing on prehistory, history, cultural heritage, and historic preservation. The fall event focuses on cultural programs offered in every corner of the state, including county museums, county parks, state parks, and national parks. Each year the month-long event produces a topical poster focusing on current archaeological research in the Palmetto state. This year’s theme is entitled, “Santa Elena’s 450th Anniversary: Celebrating America’s Untold Story,” which features the history of this early Spanish capital located on the tip of Parris Island in Beaufort County. Please contact Nena Powell Rice at the SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at USC at (803) 576-6573 for further information. Please come by SCIAA to pick up free posters.
Also in August, we will announce the details of the 29th Annual Archaeology Field Day, sponsored by the Archaeological Society of South Carolina (ASSC), to be held at the University of South Carolina Aiken in conjunction with the 31st Annual Science Educational Enrichment Day (SEED) on Oct. 1, 2016. Please check out the ASSC website,, for updates of scheduled program events and demonstrations as we get closer to the date.
Dozens of statewide organizations will offer programs in most corners of South Carolina in Fall 2016 and into to next year. Keep this listing as a reference. Please call archaeologists listed below if you find artifacts on your land.


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