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Volunteers needed for Historic Camden archeology survey

Posted: August 9, 2018 4:41 p.m.
Updated: August 10, 2018 1:00 a.m.

A photo from archeological survey done at Historic Camden in the 1970s.

Historic Camden is working with the State Archaeologist to conduct an archaeological reconnaissance survey on a parcel of land just south of their parking lot--where the Kershaw County Farmers Market was held before they moved downtown. Volunteers ages 16 and older are needed this month to assist with the survey. 

“This area of land is about 3.5 acres, and we will be conducting shovel tests and gradiometer readings over the next few weeks,” Historic Camden executive director Halie Brazier said. “The parcel is not part of the original Colonial settlement, but we want to explore it to be sure we aren’t missing any part of the story from our earliest history.”

The survey will be guided by State Archaeologist Dr. Jon Leader, as well as other archaeologists such as Chad Long. Groups of volunteers are needed to perform the shovel tests and collection of archaeologically relevant artifacts. Training, lunches, and water will be given to volunteers. 

Volunteers should contact Halie Brazier at to get the schedule and indicate their availability to help. The survey will be performed in August. 

“We are grateful to Dr. Leader and the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology for their guidance and assistance with this project,” Brazier said. “We hope local members of the community will want to join in on discovering our past together with this survey.”  



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