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Archaeological digs help answer questions about Charleston’s history that documentary records alone cannot provide. Unlike history, which relies primarily upon written records and documents to interpret primarily the lives of the elite and literate, archaeology allows us to explore the lives of everyday people through analysis of the things they made and left behind.

An Archaeological Win for Charleston

“The Pinckney Mansion is arguably the most important site in colonial Charleston,” according to architectural historian and preservationist, Ralph Harvard. “The site could contain remnants and artifacts from the grand mansion, as well as valuable evidence…

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Small Spaces Yield Big Finds at the Nathaniel Russell House

Due to her diminutive size – errrr, we mean her passion for exploration –  HCF summer intern Rucha Kamath, a graduate student in the joint Clemson University and College of…

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New Archaeology Exhibit at the Aiken-Rhett House Highlights Lives of the Enslaved

The Aiken-Rhett House is unique. The main house – a grand Charleston residence – would be significant enough to warrant attention, yet what elevates the property from merely interesting to…

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