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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.

2021 Impact Report

Education Education has always been a key pillar of Historic Charleston Foundation’s work. As we enter our 75th year, our programs gain more importance in reflecting who we are and…

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HCF Conducts Field Work to Better Understand Historic Dependency Structures

After original architectural details at the Nathaniel Russell House Kitchen House were found remarkably intact under multiple layers of modern material, certain questions arose surrounding its mostly unaltered condition. Did…

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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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