Want to give your family a history lesson they’ll never forget? The Archaeological Society of South Carolina
is unearthing history for its 25th Annual Archaeology Field Day at Santee State Park
. The event and surrounding activities will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
There will be an active archaeological dig site open to the public so your family will have the opportunity to experience some real-live hands-on archaeology. You might discover broken pieces of pots, or shards, chips and flakes from the manufacturing of stone tools, or if you are lucky, find an actual stone tool. The site should provide some treasures because a known archaeological site, an Indian Mound that is 800-1,000 years old, is across Lake Marion from the park. There will be tours to explore the Santee Mound during Field Day, as well.
Are you dying to know if that rock you found is an actual tool or if that piece of clay is an ancient artifact? Bring it with you to the artifact identification tent. There will be a host of activities at field day including a fire-building demonstration and a hand-built pottery demonstration by Catawba potter Keith Brown. He makes pottery and then fires it in open pits the same way it has been done for 5,000 years. Folks will also be on hand making stone tools and arrowheads.
Starting at 6:30 p.m. there will be guided lantern tours (for an additional fee) that will make stops along the trail at different campfires where reenactors will be depicting scenes of the past. Your family will be witness to the life and stories of Native Americans and Colonial travelers.
“It’s a cool way of breathing life into the past and making it active,” says Chris Judge, the President of the Archaeological Society. “Our archaeological heritage is something we all share.”
Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a barbecue dinner from 5-6:30 p.m. Lantern tours begin at 6:30 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12-18. Those younger than 12 are admitted free. Barbecue and lantern tours are extra. Visit the Santee State Park Office
at 251 State Park Road, Santee
, or call (803) 854-2408 for specific times and locations of events.
This event is one of many scheduled for South Carolina’s Archaeology Month in October. There are special events planned throughout the month at museums, local historical societies, state and national historical sites, libraries and universities that give people a glimpse into the mysteries of South Carolina’s past. For more information about field day or any of the other Archaeology Month activities, click here