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Lunch and Learn: Archaeology at the Heyward-Washington House

Friday, April 19, 2019 - 12:00pm until 1:00pm

The c.1772 Heyward-Washington house, owned by The Charleston Museum, was the scene of extensive archaeological excavation in the 1970s, and additional testing in the last decade. The site has produced the richest and most informative material assemblage in the lowcountry. Artifacts from the Heyward era (1772- 1792) reflect the luxurious lifestyle of this wealthy family. But the excavations also produced evidence of two previous occupations, that of gunsmith John Milner, whose house and shop burned in the 1740 fire, and the new house and business built by his son in 1750. Artifacts from the Milner occupation reflect the opportunities, interactions, and conflicts of Carolina during the colonial era. They include gun hardware, cattle bones from horn core processing, colono wares, and pottery identified as Yamasee and Creek, as well as typical English imported goods. This lecture summarizes what has been learned about the Church Street property, the city of Charleston, and the Carolina colony from ongoing analysis of this legacy collection. For more details about this event, please visit the website here.

Location Details:

119 South Main St.
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 313-7172

Lancaster County sits within the lands once held by the Catawba Indian Nation, and the current Catawba Reservation is located about 15 miles from the campus of USC Lancaster. With strong geographical and historical ties to the Catawba, USCL has begun to develop curricular and public programs focused on Native American art and culture, with a special emphasis on the Catawba and other Native communities in South Carolina. The Center houses the world’s largest single collection of Catawba Indian pottery, five galleries, the only archive in South Carolina devoted in Native American history and culture, an archaeology lab, meeting and classroom spaces, and more.  Launched in 2018, the Native American South Carolina Archive (NASCA) is a comprehensive digital archive for tribal histories, photos, correspondence, oral histories, and more ( Every March, USCL hosts Native American Studies Week with lectures, performances, and arts and crafts sales. The gardens are a site on the summer SC Ag + Art Tour.  Admission is free.