High Impact Research, High Impact Education

Fieldwork comprises the most visible form of archaeological research, and the faculty and students at the College of Charleston do not disappoint.  In addition, the back-end elements of research - the processing of artifacts and data, synthesis, interpretation, and dissemination - also form an active component of the College of Charleston's archaeological experience. 

All students of archaeology are required to participate in a field school or internship focused heavily upon the active collection and processing of archaeological data.  Many students exceed this requirement through additional fieldwork, internships, tutorials, undergraduate research, or assistance with faculty research.  Such experiences are often wrapped within the research program of contributing faculty. Examples of high impact experiences include:

  • Maureen Hays - in collaboration with Kimberly Pyzska of Auburn University-Montgomery – conducts fieldwork at Stono Preserve, focused upon the early Euro-American habitation of the area.
  • Students have taken independent initiative in a number of areas:
    • internships at Colonial Dorchester state park, the Charleston Museum, and Drayton Hall
    • Bachelors Essays on
      • the delft tiles at Drayton Hall
      • the sharecropper habitation at Dixie Plantation
      • GIS modeling of ephemeral archaeological features
    • Independent studies on
      • determining functional attributes in landscape archaeology
      • determining the function and socio-cultural context of carriage steps in Charleston 
    • In addition to in-house fieldwork opportunities, students have secured fieldwork in Belize, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Mongolia, and the United Kingdom, to name a few.


The archaeological resources of the Lowcountry are voluminous, yet the international impact of the Archaeology Program cannot be denied.  Faculty (and by extension, students) are involved in fieldwork and data analysis in several countries. 

Egypt:    Dr. Piccione is accelerating cartographic work and research at the Theban Necropolis.
France:    Dr. Hays continues her collaboration with colleagues on Paleolithic assemblages from France.

Dr. Harris engaged in underwater landscape survey off the coast of central Greece.

Dr. Newhard heads the informatics and digital archives component of the Linear B imaging project, serves as lithics analysts for the Iklaina project in Messenia, and is engaged in GIS modeling in the Epidauria.

Italy:    Dr. Sterrett-Krause has been given permission to study and publish the glass material from the University of Cincinnati excavations at Pompeii.
Tunisia:    Dr. Sterrett-Krause continues her work on Late Roman glass assemblages from Tunisia.
Turkey:    Dr. Newhard is completing publication of several projects in Turkey, and is engaged in developing a multi-national consortium on the relationship between paleoclimatic shifts and Byzantine history.

In addition, students have leveraged the activities of faculty for high-impact experiences tied to these endeavors or have used the professional contacts of faculty in these areas to generate their own opportunities.

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