08 April 2015

DePratter on Santa Elena

The BDC is delighted to host Dr. Chester DePratter  in the 2nd floor gallery on Thursday, April 23rd at 6 pm. We call this free program BDC@ the BDC “Digging at Santa Elena.” It is a first come, first seated event. (We can squeeze in 50 people). 

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. We call this free program BDC@ the BDC “Digging at Santa Elena.” It is free and first come, first seated. 

By the way, the BDC has the original archaeology reports of South on Santa Elena among other materials about the site and Charlesfort from the 20th century. Drop by the Research Room Mondays and Fridays, 10 am to 5 pm or make an appointment for Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays (gracec@bcgov.net or 843-255-6468) to see the materials.

Excavation on Parris Island Golf Course, Courtesy of www.knowitall.org
Come early to hear Dr. DePratter and you can take advantage of special hours for the "Heart of the Home" exhibit currently on display. On Thursday April 23rd, the exhibit and artifacts will be on display 10 am until 6 pm.

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