A Brief and True Account of the History of South Carolina Plantation Archaeology and the Archaeologists Who Practice It

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Linda F. Stine, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: This paper’s genesis is the perception that archaeologists’ communal memory of the early days of South Carolina plantation archaeology is fading, incomplete or at times overly judgmental. In order to combat this loss, some of the projects, processes and theoretical orientations that affected South Carolina’s plantation studies are explored. Examples of influential forces are the growth of Cultural Research Management (CRM), burgeoning museum and university programs in historical archaeology, and initially the Tricentennial and Bicentennial. Early references have been searched, including much of the "grey literature" and archaeologists and administrators in academia, government and private industry have been interviewed. Interview topics include early theoretical perspectives and how they relate to field and laboratory methods. Statistical methods have not been used in this study; results are interpretive and qualitative rather than quantitative. Instead, examples have been drawn from the literature of the period to illustrate trends in early South Carolina plantation archaeology.

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Language: English
Date: 2004
Archaeology, Plantations, South Carolina , Cultural Research Management

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