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Archaeology Dig at Pockoy Island Shell Ring

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Botany Bay Plantation

1066 Botany Bay Rd

Edisto Island, South Carolina 29438

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This program is currently full but the Heritage Trust is offering many other public days at Pockoy. More information about all Pockoy public days can be found at on the Heritage Trust Full Calendar (http://heritagetrust.dnr.sc.gov/volunteer.html)

Each year the beach at Botany Bay is eroded more from storm surges and sea level rise. As the ocean creeps further into the maritime forest that used to be an inland marsh, it has revealed layers of history in the sediments that have been exposed. With the help of aerial light detection and ranging imagery (LIDAR), researchers have discovered what is thought to be the oldest shell ring in the Southeast. Radiocarbon dating of animal bone artifacts revealed that the Pockoy Island shell ring was created by Native Americans over 4,000 years ago. The SCDNR archaeology team has joined forces with shell ring experts from across the Southeast to study the site before the Atlantic Ocean claims it. Come out to learn about this project and help sift through history.

Participants should dress for the weather and be prepared for the 1.5-mile walk on uneven terrain to the beach and back. Sunscreen, bug spray and water are recommended. Bring work gloves if you would like to help sift for artifacts.


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