Mount Pleasant in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Shell Rings and Shell Middens
Shell rings and shell middens found along the SC coast were made by Native Americans 3000-4000 years ago. Several have been discovered in the East Cooper area. The rings, composed largely of shell, animal bone and pottery were sometimes used as habitation sites. Some middens contain post holes, structural remains and large pits used to steam shellfish.
The main purpose of the rings remains a mystery. They may have been the gradual accumulation of shell and refuse at the sites, perhaps built for ceremonial purposes or created as public monuments. The nature of the rings suggests that inhabitants successfully harvested natural resources which allowed nomadic bands eventually to settle at permanent locations.
Location. 32° 51.168′ N, 79° 46.904′ W. Marker is in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is at the intersection of Rifle Range Road (State Highway S10-51) and Old Marsh Parkway, on the right when traveling east on Rifle Range Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mount Pleasant SC 29466, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sweetgrass Baskets (approx. 1.1 miles away); Brickyard Plantation Cook's Old Field Cemetery / Copahee Plantation and Hamlin Beach (approx. 1.2 miles away); Confederate Lines (approx. 1.9 miles away); Snee Farm (approx. 2 miles away); Christ Church (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Christ Church (approx. 2 miles away); Charles Pinckney - Statesman (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
Also see . . .
1. Shell Middens. Page from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration discussing shell middens. (Submitted on June 14, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Indian Shell Middens. Page from the South Carolina Naturalists noting more details of the middens. (Submitted on June 14, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Man-Made Features • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,188 times since then and 3 times this year. Last updated on September 19, 2010, by Gerig M. Huggins of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 14, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.