Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
A Unique Find Brings Unanswered Questions
Native Americans built a ceremonial center here centuries before English colonists founded Charles Towne. Palisade walls surrounded sacred ground where religious rituals were conducted. Although pottery excavated here is similar to other finds from across the Southeast, this site is unique because the center did not include a ceremonial mound.
Interpreting What Isnít Here
In front of you, four groupings of natural wood posts mark the outer corners of the ceremonial site. The smaller area outlined by blue posts was probably a temple, while purple posts indicate platforms from which ceremonies could be observed. Sheds, likely added after the initial construction and used to store ceremonial materials, are outlined by orange posts.
Location. 32° 48.382′ N, 79° 59.093′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from Old Town Plantation Road. Click for map. Marker is located on the History Trail at Charles Towne Landing. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston SC 29407, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Brave & Happy Settlements” (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Need of an Ally Cassique of the Kiawah (about 500 feet away); Foundations of the Southern Plantation (about 600 feet away); Tales of the Tub (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Foundations of the Southern Plantation (about 700 feet away); Site of Old Charles Town (about 700 feet away); Dr. Henry Woodward (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
More about this marker. A map on the right side of the marker shows the area and indicates the location of archeological finds and the Palisade Walls. It also includes conceptual sketches of a Ceremonial Temple, Ceremonial Storage Shed, and Ceremonial Viewing Stand. It has a caption of “Evidence of the site was uncovered when ground was broken for the parkís first visitorís center in 1969. Dr. Stanley South of the University of South Carolina was allowed less than three months to investigate, recording his finds on this map.”
A photo of archaeologists working at this site appears at the lower left of the marker, and contains the caption “Racing
Also see . . . Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 19, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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