Historic Camden Site Holds Family-Oriented Program
November 13, 2013
South Carolina Archaeology Month, started in 1992, holds events and programs developed by the South Carolina archaeology community and numerous organizations. Working to illuminate the research and preservation of the state’s 14,000-year Native American, African, and European archaeological heritage, this year’s annual event was celebrated September 26-October 31, 2013.
Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, which has been conducting archaeological excavations in and around the 18th century site of Camden since 1963, hosted its annual free archaeology program in conjunction with the state-wide celebration and International Archaeology Day. The event was held on October 5th from 3:00-4:30 pm on the lower grounds of the museum.
On hand was archaeologist Erika Shofner, founding partner of the SC Archaeology Public Outreach Division (SCAPOD), which is a non-profit organization that offers the public innovative archaeological programs, projects and presentations. Shofner presented a most interesting and enthusiastically embraced a family-oriented program about prehistoric South Carolina entitled, “Flint-knapping & Atlatls: Prehistoric Archaeology in South Carolina.” All ages were intrigued by Shofner’s display of prehistoric-styled stone tools and pottery and her demonstrations of primitive technology including flint knapping, fire making and the throwing of the atlatl. Visitors were encouraged to try their hand at throwing the atlatl as well. Kids enjoyed other on-site activities and take-home activity packets provided by Shofner. Some 35 participants enjoyed this special program in support of South Carolina's rich archaeological past.