Research, Facilities, and Centers

Glass Lab

Image: Nate Coker, '19 (right), consults Dr. Allison Sterrett-Krause on Roman glass in the Center for Social Science Research (photo: Molly Van Ostran)
Faculty and students in the Archaeology Program are a vibrant group of explorers, intent upon discovery and the innovation of methods to propel our understanding of the past. While this is reflected within the classroom, addtional facilities and centers further propel our research and discovery initiatives.

The Center for Historical Landscapes (CHiL) takes the lead at the College in studying the impacts of human and environmental change over the long expanse of human history, with the goal of impacting current discussions related to cultural heritage, environmental and land management; economic development; and responses to dramatic climactic fluctuations and change. 


The Center for Social Science Research (CSSR) is located on the second floor of Bell Building, 81 St. Philip St. The space is comprised of a conference room, shared labs, classrooms, and faculty offices. Within the CSSR, archaeology faculty and students work primarily within the:
  • research lab (Bell 217): 803 square feet of space optimized for the analysis of artifacts and other remains stemming from archaeological recovery activities.
  • computing lab (Bell 216): 587 square feet facility with 15 work stations optimized for geospatial, quantitative, and 3D visualizations.


The Santee-Cooper GIS Laboratory (SCGIS) is a center for excellence in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing at the College of Charleston/University of Charleston. The laboratory supports undergraduate, graduate and faculty teaching and research at the College. Each semester courses are offered in GIS, remote sensing, or geologic/environmental modeling/computing at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

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