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

A Temporary Home?

 
 
A Temporary Home? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
1. A Temporary Home? Marker
Inscription.
A building of the 1670-80 settlement once stood at this spot. Its discovery by archaeologists raised many questions. What was its purpose? Who used it? What did I look like?

One interpretation, based on the artifact types found here, is that it was a dwelling. Possibly it was occupied by indentured servants, slaves or militia soldiers. The relatively large number of military artifacts suggests that it might have been a temporary shelter for soldiers on duty within the palisade. The pottery, wine bottles and tobacco pipe fragments indicate that they cooked, ate and rested here.
 
Location. 32° 48.184′ N, 79° 59.086′ 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. Ghost Structure (here, next to this marker); Buildings “All of Wood”? (a few steps from this marker); Seeking, Wealth, Sowing Servitude (within shouting distance of this marker); Stained Dirt?!
A Temporary Home? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
2. A Temporary Home? Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Search Goes On (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Trust (about 300 feet away); Protecting the Colony – The Palisade Wall (about 300 feet away); 300th Anniversary of the Settlement of Charles Towne (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
More about this marker. Three pictures appear at the bottom of the marker. On the left is a picture of a bowl with a caption of “The presence of North Devon pottery helped identify this as a late 17th-century domestic site.” Next to this is a picture of gun flints and the caption “Gun flints, possibly from the settlers’ French firelock muskets, were also found nearby.” A picture of a soldier, illustration courtesy of Osprey Publishing, Ltd., is on the right side of the marker, and includes the caption “The building might have been used by soldiers similar to this civilian militia man of the 1670s.”
 
Also see . . .  Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 20, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Markers at Charles Towne Landing image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
3. Markers at Charles Towne Landing
Two markers are found at this site. The A Temporary Home? marker is seen in the center of the photo (on the right).

 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
Site of the Dwelling image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
4. Site of the Dwelling
The dwelling was located on this site. The marker is visible at the extreme left of the photo.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 20, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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