Charleston Chapter

Welcome to the Charleston Chapter!

The Charleston Chapter of the ASSC aims to unite archaeologists, students, teachers, volunteers, and anyone else who shares an interest in the archaeology of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Most of our meetings and events are hosted by Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site.

Join us as we explore the archaeological and cultural heritage of Charleston and the surrounding areas. If you would like to become a member, you can download our chapter brochure with membership info here (Google doc), or contact one of our officers. You can also download a pdf version of the brochure from the attachments at the bottom of the page. 

Events and Projects
Photo Gallery


Unfortunately, due to falling membership numbers the officers of the Charleston Chapter have agreed that our chapter should move into a dormancy period until a time when there is greater community interest. 



Sunday November 4th - Sunday November 11th

Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, McClellanville, SC

Join the Charleston Chapter and South Carolina State Park archaeologists for our annual week long volunteer dig at Hampton Plantation! Stay the whole week or just a few days and gain valuable field experience at one of South Carolina's most exciting sites! 

For volunteers wishing to stay overnight, housing will be provided at the Baruch Institute in Georgetown, SC for $20 for members and $15 for students per day. Food will be provided, but meals will cost $10 per day, or $5 for just lunch. 

For more information contact David Jones


May 5th, Saturday and May 6th, Sunday, 2012 
Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, McClellanville, SC

Join us for a weekend volunteer dig at Hampton Plantation. Meet in the parking lot of Hampton Plantation (directions) at 9am for an exciting archaeology filled day! A flyer with more information can be found here.

Please remember to bring your own lunch, water, bug spray and sunscreen.

You must be a current member of the Charleston Chapter to participate. Membership forms will be available at the site.


February 18th, 2012, Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm
Founders Hall, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

 "Excavating Social Strata: Lifeways and Contributions of Traditionally Marginalized Groups."  
History is often told fro the perspective of those in power.  This year's theme strives to give voice to those whose stories have been excluded or misrepresented, such as women, children, immigrants, servants and the enslaved.

The conference program includes 8 papers presented by both professional archaeologists and students, posters, an archaeology raffle to benefit the Charleston Chapter of the ASSC, primitive technology demonstrations by Sean Taylor, and an exhibit titled "Excavating Social Strata."  Admission is $10 and includes admission to the park, free coffee and breakfast snacks and a closing reception.

For a more detailed program please click here.

April 16th, 2011, Saturday
Stono Plantation (at the Dill Sanctuary on James Island: map here)
Join us for another fun weekend excursion. Ron Anthony of the Charleston Museum will meet the participants at 9:30 a.m. at the Dill Sanctuary gate.
Our winter/ spring 2011 newsletter has more detailed information on the site (Open here, or download the pdf at the bottom of the page).
Please bring your own lunch, water, bug spray, and sunscreen.
You must be a current member of the Charleston Chapter to participate. Membership forms will be available at the site.
More more information, contact assccharleston.newsletter(at)

February 26th, 2011, Saturday
Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing
 Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site invites all those who are interested in the archaeology of South Carolina to its inaugural Charles Towne Landing Archaeology Conference. This year’s conference is focusing on the development of archaeology as a scientific discipline in our state and where it stands today.
Conference program includes papers, posters, a silent auction, black powder demonstration and an exhibit titled "History of Archaeology: From Curiosity Cabinets to Science." Admission is $10 and includes admission to the park, free coffee and breakfast snacks in the morning, and a closing reception. 
For a detailed program please click here.  

Click on the image to zoom in. You can also download the pdf version of the flyer here.

November 6th, Saturday
 What a great turnout! Thank you all for coming out and lending a hand, and thanks to Hampton Plantation for hosting our group. It was a successful expedition; read all about it in the Winter newsletter (coming soon). Meanwhile, check out the photo gallery for pictures.
Everybody agreed that it was a great trip and we should do it again. Keep your eyes open for a second trip within the next couple of months. 


We had a great event, thanks to all those who brought food, played croquet, and participated in the Scavenger Hunt (congrats team "Vandalay Industries"!). Check out the photo gallery for more pics. 

First Annual ASSC Charleston Chapter Archaeology Photo Contest!  

The winner of the Photo Contest is Meg Gaillard! Congratulations Meg!
Take a look at the runners up in our Summer newsletter.

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