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New Exhibits to open in March 2017 at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center.

The University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center (NASC) will open several new exhibits during Native American Studies Week 2017 with numerous related events throughout the week of March 13-18.

USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Week 2017 (Event Flyer)

Thursday March 16th 1:30pm Opening of Piedmont American Indian Association’s Tribal Exhibit. Members of the Piedmont American Indian Association– Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation of South Carolina have put together an exhibit that represents their tribe, history, and culture that will be on display at the Center from March 16, 2017 until March 1, 2018. Curated by Chief Gene Norris and Victoria Norris, this exhibit is the second at the Center to be curated by one of the South Carolina tribes.

Location: Duke Energy Gallery, Native American Studies Center, 119 South Main Street, Lancaster, SC 29720.

sassaman_photo_2016Friday March 17th Noon-1pm Our monthly Lunch and Learn Lecture Series will host nationally recognized prehistoric archaeologist Dr. Kenneth E. Sassaman; Hyatt and Cici Brown Professor of Florida Archaeology; at the University of Florida. Archaeology of the Southeastern Archaic Breaks New Ground.

Location: Old Presbyterian Church–Cultural Arts Center, 307 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC 29720.

Friday March 17th 1:30-2:30 pmShare a Little of that Human Touch”: The Prehistory of South Carolina. Exhibit Opening and guided tour by the exhibit curator Christopher Judge. Share a Little of that Human Touch: The Prehistory of South Carolina will open over an event filled three days March 16-18, 2017. This exhibit will showcase the findings from the Johannes Kolb Archaeology and Education Project as well as other important sites in South Carolina such as Topper and the Fig Island Shell Ring.

Location: Native American Studies Center, 119 South Main Street, Lancaster, SC 29720.

david-g-andersonFriday March 17th 3:00-4:30 pm Native American Studies Week Lecture by Dr. David G. Anderson University of Tennessee, a nationally recognized prehistoric archaeologist. Big Picture Archaeological Research in South Carolina and the Southeast and Beyond.

Location: Old Presbyterian Church–Cultural Arts Center, 307 West Gay Street, Lancaster, SC 29720.

Saturday March 18th 9am-4pm 2017 Native American Studies Festival— Native American Studies Center. We will host our Annual Native American Festival at the NASC with Native American arts and crafts vendors, Native American music, primitive technology demonstrations and exhibit tours.

Location: Native American Studies Center, 119 South Main Street, Lancaster, SC 29720.

All events are free and open to the public. All locations are within easy walking distance of NASC within Lancaster’s Cultural Arts District. For more information see http://usclancaster.sc.edu/NAS/index.html or call 803-313-7172.

Major Funding from University of South Carolina, USC Lancaster Office of the Dean, Humanities Council SC, Duke Energy, and the Lancaster County School District

Regarding the 2016 Field Season:

Dear Friends of the Kolb Site: The Johannes Kolb Archaeology and Education Project will conduct its final field season from March 8-12, 2016 [Weather and river levels permitting]. After 20 years, it is time to finish up our excavations and shift towards intensive lab analysis and then prepare both technical and public oriented reports of our work at this important site.

Carl Steen, Sean Taylor and I were fortunate to have been introduced to this incredible archaeological resource by Ernest L. “Chip” Helms, Jr of Darlington South Carolina. Chip and his family, in particular his sister Mary Ellen Hodges introduced us to many friends in the area between Mechanicsville and Society Hill and in and around nearby Florence. These introductions allowed us to create a community based program of archaeological research and education. Many of the undergraduate students who first volunteered at the Kolb site are now among the professional archaeologists working in our state and beyond. Numerous volunteers from the local community, across the state and throughout the southeast joined us in the process of carefully and systematically sampling this site and we have learned many important lessons along the way. This project would have been impossible logistically and financially without the efforts of the community along with the Diachronic Research Foundation, the Heritage Trust Program of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the Native American Studies Center at USC Lancaster. So please mark your calendar and come out to the site one last time.

But wait, there’s more.   The March 2016 field effort is not the end of the Kolb project; far from it actually. We are now raising funds and beginning to design a museum exhibit on the prehistory of South Carolina featuring the Kolb site. This exhibit will run for three years with an opening reception on Saturday March 18, 2017 at the Native American Studies Center at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, during the Native American Festival that kicks off Native American Studies Week. So the emphasis shifts from fieldwork at the site each March to the laboratory year round, and Public Day will now be held in Lancaster, South Carolina on a Saturday each March.

We hope to see you soon out on the Great Pee Dee River.

Chris Judge

Square Holes: A Kolb Site Documentary

DVD cover for Square Holes

The directors of the Johannes Kolb Archaeological and Education Project are pleased to announce the completion of a documentary DVD of the 2103 Field Season at the Kolb site. Directed and produced by William C. Judge, (cousin of Chris Judge) a film maker with Bodhi Leaf Productions in Apex, North Carolina our film was funded by Duke Energy, USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, Dr. Walter F. Judge and Bodhi Leaf Productions. Bill Judge, with multiple cameras, spent the 2013 field season embedded with the archaeology team—living, eating and breathing archaeology first hand from start to finish. The DVD project was designed as a fund raising tool and for a donation of $20 we will mail a copy of the DVD to anyone, anywhere. Send a tax deductible check or money order for $20 to Diachronic Research Foundation PO Box 50394, Columbia SC 29250.