University of South Carolina

A Second Student has Arrived in the Lab

Andrew arrived at 10:45am.  I have him conducting the next step in the process–rebagging the artifacts that were washed on Weds. and were left to dry for 48 hours.  We have purchased 4 mil ziplock bags of all sizes from 2×3 inches on up to 12 x15 inches.  Just yesterday $300 worth of bags shipped overnight to Columbia, SC. These bags fit the standards for permanent curation established by the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of South Carolina.  Each artifact type gets its own bag. Eventually the Kolb Site artifacts will be curated in perpetuity at the Institute… for $200 per bankers box.  Remember in an earlier post I said we had 600 plus boxes.  If you do the math don’t tell me just send me some money!

Johannes Kolb Site

Good Morning its 8:22am and the temperature will reach 100 degrees today. My name is Chris Judge and along with colleagues Carl Steen and Sean Taylor we are co-directors of  a 25 year researcha nd education project to explore a site spanning 13,000 years in South Carolina.

Today Carl is editing a chapter we three wrote on the Kolb site for a book on South Carolina to be published by the University of South Carolina Press.

I am in the lab expecting student volunteers to help wash artifacts from our two week field season in March, editing the 2011 South Carolina Archaeology MonthPoster featuring the Johannes Kolb Archaeology and Education Project, and beginning to plan our 2012 field season.

Sean is asssiting local law enforcement with a looted site in the western portion of the state.




Johannes Kolb Archaeology and Education Project

Today, July 29th  we are in the lab at the University of South Carolina in Columbia washing artifacts from our two week field season in March 2011.  Our site has evidence from Ice Age hunters on up into the 20th century and everything in between.  We have all the Native American cultures known in South Carolina, USA.  These are followed in time by an early 18th century German American occupation when Johannes Kolb and his family moved here in 1737.  During the 19th century there was a slave occupation and a saw mill and loggers camp in the very early 20th century.

Since 1997 we have been working with volunteers in excavating 50cm squares and one 2 meter square in every 5 meter block in order to obtain a 17% over all sample of the site.

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