CCU archaeology team to display findings

CONWAY, SC (WCSC) - A Coastal Carolina University archaeologist, anthropologist and seven students will hold an open house on June 22, where the group will share their findings from an excavation site at the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge.

The field school, headed by Dr. Cheryl Ward, began with a dig on the Conway Riverwalk at the Kingston Presbyterian Church parking lot. The team uncovered artifacts from a 19th-century government shipyard.

The team has since moved to the Refuge where they discovered the remains of a cabin that may have been an old trading post. The team has not dated the remains yet.

Students have found pieces of old glass, a piece of what seems to be a lamp, a glass panel bottle, a tin bowl and a number of bricks, which the team believes to be the foundation and chimney.

The property being excavated is referred to as Yauhannah Bluff, used by Native Americans until the mid-1600s. In the early 1700s it was the site of a ferry crossing and the Yourhaney Plantation.

Ward is the director for CCU's Center for Archaeology and Anthropology. She is heading the excavation field school.

The school is a hands-on archaeological dig experience that introduces students to the practice of archaeology from designing field surveys to digging test pits, undertaking modest excavation, and composing scholarly reports.

The presentation will be held at the Visitor's Center on U.S. 701 between noon and 4 p.m.

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