Annual Conference




DATE: Saturday February 28th, 2015

TIME: 9:00 AM, doors at 8:30 AM

LOCATION: Gambrell Hall, Room 153

                    University of South Carolina, Columbia

This year's conference commemorates the 300th anniversary of the Yamasee War and will also feature presentations on current archaeological research in the state. We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Chester DePratter from USC. Come hear his discussion on the Yamasee in South Carolina!

Stoneware expert Phillip Wingard will give a presentation on face jugs made in the Old Edgefield District in the 19th century. This will tie in to his exhibit at the State Museum, where more than a dozen of the best examples of the art are on view. Face vessels offer much food for thought for archaeologists and others interested in material culture and its deeper meaning.

In addition, there will be a special  screening of one of the 2014 Arkhaois Film Festival award winning films: Discovering Dave: Spirit Captured in Clay. The documentary revolves around the story of the Edgefield, South Carolina slave potter named David Drake who used his skills as a craftsman to create beautiful pottery during the turbulent 1800s. Producing thousands of pots in his lifetime, remarkably, Dave also wrote poetry and signed many of his vessels. The story is a testament to his will to be heard and leave his mark for the ages even at risk of severe punishment.

Produced by filmmaker Mark Albertin of Scrapbook Video Productions and archeologist, George Wingard of the Savannah River Archaeological Research program over a period of two years, the film gives insight to the man known simply as Dave, through in-depth interviews from artists, scholars, writers, historians and archaeologists.

View the trailer at:

REGISTRATIONRegistration for the conference is $10 with a reduced rate of $5 for seniors and students. ASSC Members are admitted free of charge. Registration will be available on-site starting at 8:30 am. 

PARKING: Parking will be available for free at the Bull Street and Pendleton Street garage or along Pendleton Street. Please see the map below.



9:00-9:10 Welcome

General Session
9:10-9:30 From Savannah to Santee: Looking at Early Archaic Hafted Bifaces by Raw Material and Geography by Joseph E.         Wilkinson

9:30-9:50 Early Archaic Hunting and Foraging of the Interior Coastal Plain: A Model from the Central Savannah River Area             by Christopher J. Gillam

9:50-10:10 Documenting Orthoquartzite Tool Stone in the Beaver Creek Locality in Calhoun County, S.C. by Albert                     Goodyear and Joseph E. Wilkinson

10:10-10:30 Break & Poster Session
         Prehistoric Ceramic Distribution Patterns at Sampson Island, Congaree National Park, SC by Emma Mason and                     Daniel P. Bigman.
        A Map Analysis of Artifact Densities, Site Number 38DA66 by Joseph Jakubs

10:30-10:50 Some Approaches to Enhancing the Research Value of Artifacts Derived from Surface Collection on the Lake             Marion Shoreline by Robert Costello

10:50-11:10 Using Least Cost Path Analysis to Reconstruct Trail Systems in Fort Jackson and the Sandhills Region by                 Cameron Howell

11:10-11:30 Seasonal Homes of the Low Country At Rebellion Farms Berkeley County, South Carolina by Quinn-Monique             Ogden and Jeremy Cole Miller

11:30-11:50 Searching for the Earliest Corn Crop in South Carolina: Radiocarbon Dating of Charred Maize Cob and Cupule             Fragments from the Johannes Kolb Site (38DA75), Darlington County, SC  by Christopher Judge

12:00-1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:30 ASSC Member Meeting


SC Stoneware Research

1:30-1:40 Introduction and Current Research by Carl Steen

1:40-2:10 South Carolina Face Vessels by Phillip Wingard

2:10-2:20 Introduction to Discovering Dave video by George Wingard

2:20-3:10 Screening of Discovering Dave: Spirit Captured in Clay

3:10-3:20 Break

Colonial & Yamasee Archaeology

3:20-3:40 Cultural Brokerage and Pluralism on the Silver Bluff Plantation and Trading Post on the Carolina Frontier by                         Brandy Joy

3:40-4:00 Perspectives on Yamasee Life: Excavations at Altamaha Town by Alex Y. Sweeney and Eric C.Poplin

4:00-4:50 Keynote by Chester DePratter

4:50-5:00 Closing Remarks

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