19 October 2014

Archaeology of Native Americans Lectures Oct. 22

Professor Chris Judge, USC-Lancaster will be in Beaufort County on Wed., Oct. 22nd to deliver two talks at two locations. Be sure to pay attention to the locations and times.  It would be awful to show up at the wrong lecture.

1) Learn about the archaeology of the local Yamassee Indians from 1684 up to the start of the Yamassee War at Noon at the Coastal Discovery Museum. The lecture is free but reservations are required.  Contact: Natalie Hefter, 843-689-6767, ext. 223 nhefter@coastaldiscovery.org.

2) The evening lecture concentrates on the Woodland Period in South Carolina, 1000 BC to 1200 AD.  Recent research is shedding new light on these Native Americans. The lecture will be held in the area just outside the Beaufort District Collection Research Room, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street beginning at 6 pm.  This lecture is the first talk in a three lecture series to supplement the South Carolina Historical Society's "Shaping of South Carolina" exhibit on display now. Both the lecture and the exhibit are free, but space is limited.  First come, first seated.  Contact: Charmaine Concepcion, 843-255-6468, cseabrook@bcgov.net

16 October 2014

Calling all Artifacts!

No need to register.  Just drop by the 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street and try to stump the archaeologists! Added dividend: While you're waiting, you can enjoy the "Shaping of South Carolina" exhibit on loan from the South Carolina Historical Society. 

And don't forget that Prof. Chris Judge will be here on Wed., Oct. 22nd at 6 pm to tell us all about "The Woodland Period in South Carolina" following his Noon day talk at Coastal Discovery Museum on the Yamassee Indians.

13 October 2014

Great American Shake-Out

I felt tremors of the Spring earthquake.  Did you?

Although SC isn't exactly known as an earthquake zone, our history says otherwise. South Carolina is an active seismic zone with an average of 10 to 15 earthquakes a year. Back in 1886, the Charleston earthquake caused 60 deaths and rattled most of the east coast of the United States. According to accounts here in the BDC, the earthquake caused a tidal wave in the Beaufort River and the "Naked and Afraid" exposure of one of Beaufort's finest citizens to his neighbors.

For the visually minded, our partner, the Lowcountry Digital Library, hosts images of the devastation caused by the earthquake at http://bit.ly/11eZymv. Also we have no images of the tidal wave or the public exposure to share.

Do you know what to do when the earth moves? 

At 10:16 this Thursday, October 16th, "Drop. Cover. Hold On"! to participate in the Great SouthEast ShakeOut, an emergency preparedness earthquake drill. "Drop, Cover, and Hold On!" means to dive under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold onto it for at least 60 seconds.  You have to hold onto the furniture because during an earthquake furniture tends to move.  Don't have any sturdy furniture? Emergency preparedness folks say that in that case, it's best to get on the floor and cover your head, trying to stay away from windows and things that might fall on top of you. For more information visit the Great SouthEast ShakeOut website at http://www.earthquakecountry.info/dropcoverholdon/.

12 October 2014

Got Artifacts? and Other Archaeological matters

Celebrate International Archaeology Day by joining us for "What the Heck Is It?" - Take 2 on Saturday, October 18 beginning at noon. Bring your artifacts for identification by archaeologists Dr. Eric Poplin and Dr. Jon Leader. Session ends at 3 pm. Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC 29902.  Free. Details: Charmaine Concepcion, 843-255-6468.

Be sure to pencil these Archaeology Month lectures with Prof. Chris Judge on October 22 into your calendar as well.

Learn about the archaeology of the local Yamasee Indians from 1684 up to the start of the Yamasee War, the most significant Native uprising of the early colonial period from Professor Chris Judge, USC- Lancaster.  

Time and Date of Event: Wednesday, October 22 at Noon

Location of Event:  Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Dr, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926  
Price of Event: Free; Reservations are required.

Contact info: Natalie Hefter, 843 689-6767, ext. 223, nhefter@coastaldiscovery.org

Professor Chris Judge shifts gears a bit for the evening lecture. Between 1000 BC and AD 1200 Native American societies in South Carolina introduced the bow and arrow, expanded recently invented clay pottery traditions, began growing native crops in gardens and buried certain individuals with great fanfare and effort.  Archaeologists call these societies "Woodland" and new research across the Carolinas is shedding new light on these people. This talk, the first lecture in a series of three to supplement the "Shaping of South Carolina" exhibit currently on display, will explore these topics. This lecture is co-sponsored by the South Carolina Historical Society.
Time and Date of Event: Wednesday, October 22 at 6 pm 
Location of Event: Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC 29902

Price of Event: Free

Contact info: Charmaine Concepcion, 843-255-6468, cseabrook@bcgov.net

Heads up for all you diggers: The Archaeology Fall Field Day is November 15th in Greenville, SC.   

Archaeology Month programs are co-sponsored by the Beaufort District Collection, Beaufort County Planning, Coastal Discovery Museum, and the Beaufort and Hilton Head Chapters, ASSC. (Please excuse the cattywompus formatting.)

07 October 2014

Going, going, ...

Time is running out for you to be among the 15 people who get to go into the BDC's storage area to see seldom-on-display materials we share through the Library's special local history collection and archives.

As an added treat, folks who register will also get to see the "Creating the Carolinas" traveling exhibit loaned to us by the South Carolina Historical Society up close and personal on that date.  We'll begin the tour, surrounded by the "Creating the Carolinas" exhibit, with a very short presentation about the BDC's programs, services, and policies, and then head into the locked storage area to view the treasures. This is the only opportunity you have to see precious items from the BDC and the South Carolina Historical Society up close and personal at precisely the same time.

The 1.5 hour tour is free. In keeping with the "Archives and the Natural Environment" theme, this year we'll highlight some of the many natural history related treasures we hold in trust for the community. (Trust me, you'll be surprised.)  Because the BDC area is rather small, we must limit the number of participants to 15 people over age twelve. Please no walk-ins. Register today to join us! cseabrook@bcgov.net; 843-255-6468. Registration closes at Noon on Friday, Oct. 10th.

The following Saturday, Oct. 18th, join us for 

Reminder: The Library system is closed Wed., Oct. 8th for Staff In-Service day. Regular hours resume Thursday, Oct. 9th.