The Cultural and Historic Preservation program is pleased to offer an archaeological field school this summer at the site of St. Giles Kussoe - the New World plantation established by English lord Anthony Ashley Cooper in 1674. The plantation was one of the earliest trading posts in the Southeast, where Native Americans exchanged deer skins for European goods and guns until 1683. In this hands-on 6-credit course, students will learn the fundamental techniques of archaeological excavation and remote sensing (ground penetrating radar and soil resistivity) while working closely with experts. Through this collaborative experience, the team will explore questions about what life was like for the Europeans, enslaved Africans, and Native American living at the site over 300 years ago.
This class will also provide students with a modern cultural experience of the region, which is called the “Lowcountry.” Students will be housed on the campus of the College of Charleston in the heart of the city and are encouraged to explore all it has to offer. Students will see, hear, and taste the uniqueness of Charleston through excursions to important historical and cultural sites, attractions, and restaurants.
Period(s) of Occupation:
Early Colonial Period; Late Seventeenth Century
no previous experience required
Room and Board Arrangements
Participants will be housed on the camus of the College of Charleston. Participants will be housed in suites containing single bedrooms (3-5 per suite), 1-2 bathrooms, a common sitting area, and a shared full kitchen.
Participants must bring their own bed linens and bathroom items.
Four group meals (one per week) are included in the cost. Participants are responsible for all other meals.