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. A list of research output by faculty and students attest to the strong commitment of research and publication by the Program.

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:

  • Barbara Borg - in collaboration with the Charleston Museum, SCIAA Marine Research Division, Charlestowne Landing SHP, and Colonial Dorchester SHS, directs a field school in odd years, focused upon understanding the prehistory and early history of the Lowcountry.
  • Maureen Hays - in collaboration with Kimberly Pyzska of Auburn University-Montgomery – conducts fieldwork at Dixie Plantation, focused upon the early Euro-American habitation of the area.
  • Jim Ward - in coordination with the Charleston Preservation Society, leads several projects involving students in Historic Preservation and Archaeology, including:
    • field documentation, research and assessments of historic landscapes and properties at Old St. Luke’s (now 4th Baptist Church), the Redeemer Presbyterian Church and Annex, Bethany Cemetery, and Rose Lane.
    • In coordination with the Anthropology Program and Brockington and Assoc., documented and interpreted local Gullah-Geechee cemeteries, involving students of Anthropology, Archaeology, and Historic Preservation.
  • Students have taken independent initiative in a number of areas:
    • internships at Colonial Dorchester state park, the Charleston Museum, the South Carolina Maritime Research Division of SCIAA offices at Fort Johnson, 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, Israel, and Mongolia.


The Carolina Lowcountry abounds in research opportunities for faculty and students of archaeology. The Archaeology Program extends its research interests beyond this embarrassment of riches, however, actively undertaking research in the past civilizations and cultures of Europe, the Meditterranean, and Near East.

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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