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2014 Field School at St. Giles Kussoe, Charleston, SC - a 17th c. Plantation and Trading Post

Location: Charleston, South Carolina, United States

June 1, 2014 to June 27, 2014

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, March 15, 2014

Flyer: PDF icon 2014_salve_regina_field_school_info_sheet.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Salve Regina University

Project Director:

Dr. Jon Bernard Marcoux

Project Description

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.
More information can be found at
Interested parties can contact Dr. Jon Bernard Marcoux with any questions.

Period(s) of Occupation: Early Colonial Period; Late Seventeenth Century

Remote Sensing; Materialization of Identity; Native American and African Diasporas; Slavery

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 
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.

Included in Tuition

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Salve Regina University
Number of credits offered 6


Contact Information
Dr. Jon Bernard Marcoux
Salve Regina University, 100 Ochre Point Avenue
Rhode Island
United States