June 29, 2011

The Lord’s archaeology

Filed under: Historic — acagle @ 7:06 pm

Archaeologists dig it up on Lord Ashley Cooper’s land

For the last two weeks, somewhere along the Ashley River in Dorchester County, a team of archaeologists and College of Charleston students sifted through dirt to catch a glimpse of how European, African, and Native American cultures collided in the 17th century.

Lord Anthony Ashley Cooper, one of the wig-bedecked Lords Proprietor among whom Charles II divvied up the Carolina colony, once owned the land where the team was digging. The site, whose location remains secret for fear of looters, centers around the brick foundations of an early colonial outpost.

That seems like a pretty neat site, involved in a lot of trade with various groups. Seems to have been a very short term habitation though.

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