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The purpose of this multi-year project is to conduct historical and archaeological research in the waterfront area of the three Georgetown area plantation sites – Richmond Hill, Laurel Hill and Wachesaw. This season of work was devoted to recording a large barge located in proximity to Laurel Hill. The primary goal was to document architectural features which would reflect the carpentry techniques used by the builders and the possible function of the vessel. Limited surface artifact sampling was conducted to provide some insights into activities and date ranges associated with the local riverine area. This project was also intended as an opportunity for the Sport Diver Archaeology Management Program to teach volunteer sport divers about concepts in underwater archaeology, barge construction and documentation methodology. Divers from around the state assisted in all aspects of the project which ranged from simple surveying tasks, keeping field log books, search techniques, excavation, hull documentation, artistic renderings of the site and hull components, artifact cataloging and assistance with production of the final report. An equally important goal was to establish a good working relationship with the sport diver community which could be of great future value to the state.
The South Carolina Institute of Archeology and Anthropology--University of South Carolina
Excavations, Sport Diver Archaeology Management Program, Barges, Underwater archaeology, Waccamaw River, Plantations, Georgetown County, South Carolina, Archeology
Harris, Lynn, "The Waccamaw-Richmond Hill Waterfront Project 1991: Laurel Hill Barge No. 2." (1992). Research Manuscript Series. 198.