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Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

A Unique Find Brings Unanswered Questions

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
1. A Unique Find Brings Unanswered Questions Marker
Inscription.
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. Touch 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
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By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
2. A Unique Find Brings Unanswered Questions Marker
(about 500 feet away); 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). Touch for a list and map 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
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By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
3. Marker at Charles Towne Landing
Posts that indicate the locations of ceremonial sheds can be seen behind the marker.
against bulldozers in 1969, archaeologists labored to learn all they could before the site was destroyed. Here the team uncovers rows of palisade postholes that indicate placement of walls.”
 
Also see . . .  Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 19, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Native Americans
 
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By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
4. Site of Native American Ceremonial Center
The angled posts mark the location of the corners of the palisade walls of the ceremonial center. The other posts mark the positions of the temple, viewing stand and storage shed.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 19, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 330 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 19, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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