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Larry James Presents Brockington Research on The Ponds Plantation

Oct 17, 2017

On October 15, 2017, Larry James, an Archaeologist with our Charleston office, presented "Archaeology Through The Ages: The Ponds Plantation, Summerville, Dorchester County, South Carolina" to attendees of the Ponds Conservancy lecture series.

Brockington began conducting archaeological investigations at The Ponds Plantation in 1995. Over the past twenty years, these investigations have uncovered numerous archaeological discoveries documenting a wide range of sites from Native American encampments to the ruins of the seventeenth century Andrew Percival plantation. The historic property encompasses over 3,000 acres of wilderness along an elevated bluff that overlooks the headwaters of the Ashley River. Access to this fresh water source has drawn inhabitants to the surrounding landscape for thousands of years. Mr. James' talk presented a closer examination of the materials, features, and overall archaeological footprint that these inhabitants left behind.

This talk in the Conservancy’s lecture series was presented in conjunction with South Carolina Archaeology Month.


Brockington Historians attend Annual Oral History Association Conference

Oct 17, 2017

As part of the Brockington Oral History Program, oral historians Scott Kitchens and Charles Philips attended  the national conference of the Oral History Association (OHA) from October 4-7, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their involvement included a poster presentation for a project conducted in St. Johns County, Florida.

This year’s conference focused on using oral history as outreach for engaging audiences. A series of presentations focused on oral history as a means to reach out to historically disenfranchised groups to give them a voice. Other themes included oral history in podcasting, oral history in classroom teaching, academia and oral history, and the new OHA Oral History Metadata Synchronizer.


Lowcountry Oral History Alliance

Aug 14, 2017

Brockington sponsored the Lowcountry Oral History Alliance meeting on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at the Mt. Pleasant Office, 498 Wando Park Blvd. Mt. Pleasant. The Alliance is a group of oral historians interested in furthering the discipline through projects focused on South Carolina. The evening's speaker was Mr. Bob Raynor, who recently completed an oral history project called "Voices of the Santee." The project involved a number of oral histories with individuals who lived and worked in the Santee Delta area of South Carolina. Most were associated with the recreational hunting clubs located in the delta region, and shared information about daily life as well as work-related experiences in the region. The project was sponsored by the South Carolina Humanities and was a joint effort with the South Carolina Historical Society and the McClellanville Museum. Charles Philips, a Brockington oral historian, represented  the company.


Brockington Archaeologists Explore Elemental Analysis of Lead Shot

Jul 06, 2017

On June 28 and 29, 2017 Scott Butler, James Page, and Stacey Whitacre attended a pXRF training workshop organized by the LAMAR Institute and the National Park Service (NPS) in Savannah, Georgia. The workshop was designed specifically for lead shot specialists and conflict archaeologists to look at the elemental make-up of lead shot collected from colonial and Revolutionary War battlefields and camp locations.

Along with colleagues, our conflict archaeologists learned the basics of elemental analyses using X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and how to use a portable ("p") XRF machine. Over the coming weeks, we'll be using a pXRF to analyze lead shot from Brier Creek Battlefield, a Revolutionary War site, as well analyzing several brands of modern buck shot to determine if modern shot can be isolated from historic shot. Both these data sets will be added to a database for lead shot research that is being established by the National Park Service.

For more information on the workshop and how XRF technology can be used in conflict archaeology, follow the link to our Research section.


Analysis of an Unknown Component at 38CH2048, Johns Island, South Carolina

Oct 24, 2016

Two archaeological technicians from our Atlanta office, Colin Partridge and James Page, will present analysis related to a Brockington Data Recovery project at the 2016 annual Southeastern Archaeological Conference in Athens, Georgia. Mr. Partridge will be presenting on Friday, October 28th at 5 pm, in the General Session: General Session: Enslaved Narratives and Plantation Studies. The abstract of the paper is below.

Analysis of an Unknown Component at 38CH2048, Johns Island, Charleston County, South Carolina

This paper focuses on an unknown component identified at 38CH2048, an eighteenth to nineteenth century plantation site on Johns Island, Charleston County, South Carolina. To determine whether this part of 38CH2048 is associated with a Post-bellum homestead or with Civil War troop movements on Johns Island, we performed a functional and qualitative analysis of the recovered artifacts and compared them against known contexts. Our presentation will include the results of these analyses, as well as a discussion of the methods and best practices researchers can utilize in examining future Civil War sites and other conflict-oriented components.


Archaeology at Holsenbeck Elementary School

Oct 07, 2016

On October 5 and 6 three field technicians from our Atlanta office spoke to students at Holsenbeck Elementery School in Winder, Georgia. John O’Donnell, Colin Partridge, and James Page talked about archaeology with six fourth-grade classes.  They discussed several topics, including  the field of archaeology, the definition of an artifact, how to locate and document sites, the tools of the trade, and a general timeline of human occupation in Georgia. 

The students were very attentive and full of questions!  We thank the teachers and staff at Holsenbeck for the great experience, and hope to return soon.


SEAC 2016 - The House Between the Rock Piles

Oct 03, 2016

An archaeologist from our Atlanta office, Jana J. Futch, will present information on a recent Brockington Data Recovery project at the 2016 annual Southeastern Archaeological Conference in Athens, Georgia. Ms. Futch will be presenting on Thursday, October 27th at 11:20 am, in the General Session: Flora, Fauna, and Foodways. The title and abstract of the paper are below.

The House Between the Rock Piles: Results of Phase III Data Recovery at 9GE2085

Brockington and Associates completed a Data Recovery project at 9GE2085, a multicomponent site with two rock piles in Greene County, Georgia. The historic occupation of this site, dating from c. 1800-1830, represents one of the earliest Euroamerican habitations recorded in the Oconee River drainage. This review will focus on the possible historic residents of 9GE2085, an interpretation of the two rock piles, an examination of the material culture recovered from the site, and the results of a paleoethnobotanical analysis that identified a surprisingly diverse array of plant remains from a feature associated with the earliest historic occupation of the site.


SEAC 2016 - Conflict Archaeology in a Modern Urban Environment: Finding the Battle of Atlanta

Sep 23, 2016

Three archaeologists from our Atlanta office, Stacey R. Whitacre, Scott Butler, and James M. Page, will be presenting original research pertaining to the Battle of Atlanta at the 2016 annual Southeastern Archaeological Conference in Athens, Georgia. Ms. Whitacre will be presenting on Thursday, October 27th at 4:00 pm, in the General Session: Landscapes. The title and abstract of the paper are below.

Conflict Archaeology in a Modern Urban Environment: Finding the Battle of Atlanta

The American Civil War left a permanent mark on the landscape of the United States. However, several battlefields have been altered by modern development. The physical remnants of the Battle of Atlanta were gradually erased as the needs of a growing city resulted in the construction of roads, high-rises, and other development. This paper discusses the challenges, limitations, and overall potential of conflict archaeology in a modern urban environment and offers a methodological plan of action for conflict site identification and investigation. We present a case study of a Confederate gun emplacement site located during a utility project through Atlanta.


Brockington at SEAC 2016

Sep 12, 2016

Brockington historians and archaeologists are excited to participate in the upcoming 2016 annual Southeastern Archaeological Conference (SEAC) in Athens, Georgia. In addition to presenting several papers,two members of our History Workshop will be participating in a lightning session. We will be spotlighting each of the papers below in our Research section in the lead up to SEAC, being held from October 26-29th. Congratulations to all the presenters!

Cristian La Rosa
Using LiDAR to Identify and Analyze Landscape Features associated with Historic Phosphate Mines in Coastal South Carolina.

Stacey R. Whitacre, Scott Butler, and James M. Page
Conflict Archaeology in a Modern Urban Environment: Finding the Battle of Atlanta.

Colin Partridge and James M. Page
Analysis of an Unknown Component at 38CH2048, Johns Island, Charleston County, South Carolina.

Jana J. Futch
The House Between the Rock Piles: Results of Phase III Data Recovery at 9GE2085.

Rachel Bragg and Carol Poplin
Lightning Session, "Outside the grid: Thinking Beyond the Basics of Public Outreach"
Pencils, Not Shovels.


Combahee River Raid Tour

Jun 29, 2016

In June, Eric Poplin was pleased to lead a small tour featuring the history of the Combahee River Raid. The tour coincided with the 2016 National Underground Railroad Conference on Hilton Head Island. On the night of June 1-2, 1863, a Federal raiding force led by the 2nd SC Volunteer Infantry (African Descent) and guided by Harriet Tubman ventured up the Combahee River in lower South Carolina. Tubman gathered intelligence prior to the raid and spread the word for action among the enslaved laborers on Combahee River plantations. She helped keep people calm as they fled to the Union gunboats, which carried over 700 enslaved people to freedom. It was one of the largest single events of emancipation in South Carolina or the nation.

This tour was a follow up to the paper Dr. Eric Poplin and Carol Poplin presented at the 2013 National Underground Railroad Conference. The tour group included Charles Bogguess of the Mitchelville Preservation Project, Cheryl LaRoche, an independent Harriett Tubman and Reconstruction archaeologist and researcher, Iris Taylor of the Library of Congress, and Edda Fields-Black of the University of Pittsburgh. The boat was provided by Botany Bay Eco-Tours with Captain Meg Hoyle at the wheel.


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