Outside the Classroom

While classroom experience is required, engagement with the archaeological community is valuable.

Archaeology Club

The Archaeology Club has meetings once monthly. Their events range from guest speakers, to B-movie nights, to volunteer excavations. All students interested in archaeology are encouraged to join, regardless of major or minor. 

Each November, the club hosts a public forum with guest speakers for Native American History Month. Previous themes include the relationship between indigenous communities and archaeologists, and the ethical and legal concerns indigenous peoples and archaeologists face in a setting of cultural resource management.

For up-to-date information, please consult their Facebook page or Instagram (@archaeologyclubcofc).

Volunteer Excavations

Charlestowne Landing is a key location in the history of both Charleston and South Carolina; as such, there is a lot of archaeological work to be done. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Nicole Isenbarger, the CTL resident archaeologist.

Colonial Dorcester State Historic Site occasionally hosts volunteer digs. Consult their events calendar for more information.

Hampton Plantation State Historic Site hosts their 'Process of Discovery' program multiple times throughout the year. Consult their events calendar for more information.

The South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology periodically announces volunteer digs. Consult their news page for more information.

In addition to the local opportunities listed above, there are a number of other resources students can use to find volunteer excavations:

Professional Organizations

Founded in 1879, the Archaeological Insitute of America is the nation's oldest and largest archaeological organization. Student membership is $40 per year and includes a subscription to Archaeology magazine. For South Carolina, Charleston is home to the local society chapter, run by Allison Sterrett-Krause. Additional information can be found on the chapter's website or Facebook page.

There is also the Archaeological Society of South Carolina. Student membership is $15. 

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