19 April 2015

Archaeology Program: Santa Elena

DIGGING AT SANTA ELENA  (Archaeology & Local History)
Thursday, April 23 at 6 pm | Beaufort District Collection

Archaeologist Chester DePratter explains the archaeology of the former capital of New Spain, Santa Elena. Co-sponsored by Beaufort Chapter, Archaeological Society of South Carolina. 

Dr. DePratter, University of South Carolina, will give an overview on his excavations at French Charlesfort (1562-1563) and Santa Elena (1566-1587), capital of Spanish Florida, on Parris Island. Stanley South first worked on the Santa Elena site in 1979, and DePratter joined him in 1989. In 1996, they discovered the remains of Charlesfort, three hundred yards north where it was previously thought to have been located.  Excavations in the town of Santa Elena have uncovered remains of two forts, one of the governor's houses and outbuildings, several wells, a pottery kiln, and other parts of the town. Fieldwork at Charlesfort/Santa Elena will be reinitiated in spring, 2016, with the support of the Santa Elena Foundation. This free BDC@ the BDC program is first come, first seated. (We can seat 45 comfortably; we can seat 50 if we squish everyone together.) 

Come early to hear Dr. DePratter and you can take advantage of special hours for the "Heart of the Home" exhibit. On Thursday April 23rd, the exhibit and artifacts will be on display 10 am until 6 pm. So drop by early, enjoy the exhibit and artifacts from an 18th century interior Beaufort District rice plantation, and then relish the lecture about Santa Elena. 

Reminder: All units of the Beaufort County Library, including the BDC, will be closed on Wed., April 22nd for staff training.

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