CMA Archaeological Society travels to the Kolb Site

By: Casey Robinson on Mar 20, 2013 | Categories: General, Clubs

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On Wednesday, March 13th, the Camden Military Academy Archaeological Society (CMAAS) traveled to the Kolb Site in Darlington County to participate in excavations being conducted by the SCDNR, USC Lancaster and Diachronic Research Foundation. Cadets Hunter Cole, Alex Whitmore, Tanner Youngblood, Carlton Black, Luke Halligan, Matthias Halligan and Nick Sheffron tried their hands at various aspects of archaeology including digging, screening, identifying historic and prehistoric artifacts, measuring with a laser level, and describing soils.

The cadets excavated a two meter by two meter test unit, one of scores dug since the project’s inception sixteen years ago. In it, they found artifacts such as prehistoric pottery, stone debitage from ancient tool-makers, and historic architectural and domestic artifacts such as cut and wrought nails, brick and mortar fragments, glass and ceramics from the 18thand 19thCenturies.

During the day, the group was interviewed by Caroline Click of the State newspaper. They were mentioned and quoted the next day in a front page article in the paper.

While at the project, two professional archaeologists from USC offered opportunities for the cadets to learn more about archaeology and anthropology. Jeremy Vanier will come to CMA and speak to the cadets about food ways, both modern and ancient. Additionally the cadets were invited by James Stewart to visit and excavate at Fort Congaree, an early 18thCentury British fort and Cherokee village, a site worked on by CMAAS cadets last year.

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