Archaeological Field School at Fort Hill

In the first summer session of 2018, an Archaeological Field School was held at Fort Hill, and the original foundations of an outbuilding was found by Clemson University students under the leadership of Dr. David Markus, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice.

The field school involved 12 students, both undergraduate and graduate, from the Departments of Anthropology, History and Plant Science In total we excavated 16 units of various dimensions and depths that resulted in the recovery and identification of over 5600 individual artifacts related to both the antebellum and early college periods.

We located the foundation pier of an antebellum building of heretofore unknown function, but that is in line with the series of outbuildings on the west side of the main house.

All artifacts have been cataloged and secondary analysis is ongoing. Student projects include an analysis of coal use in the early college period and the value of public archaeology on college campuses. Students and faculty will be giving academic papers at both regional and international conferences.

- David M. Markus MA, RPA
Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice
Clemson University