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

Stained Dirt?!

 
 
Stained Dirt?! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
1. Stained Dirt?! Marker
Inscription.
Fearing attack, the people of Charles Towne Landing needed a defensive wall – the taller, the better. So they dug a ditch, piling the dirt along one edge. By constructing a palisade upon that heaped-up foundation, they would have forced attackers to fight from a disadvantaged position.

The settlement relocated, the palisade wall crumbled. Debris collected in the ditch, decomposing to form a dirt darker than the surrounding soil. Almost 300 years later, archaeologists found the long line of distinctive soil and recognized it as proof of the wall’s location. The palisade has now been partially reconstructed beside the stained dirt.
 
Location. 32° 48.171′ N, 79° 59.111′ 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 (within shouting distance of this marker); A Temporary Home? (within shouting distance of this marker); Seeking, Wealth, Sowing Servitude (within shouting
Stained Dirt?! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
2. Stained Dirt?! Marker
The reconstructed palisade can be seen next to the marker.
distance of this marker); The Search Goes On (within shouting distance of this marker); Buildings “All of Wood”? (within shouting distance of this marker); In Trust (within shouting distance of this marker); 300th Anniversary of the Settlement of Charles Towne (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Protecting the Colony – The Palisade Wall (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
More about this marker. A photo on the right side of the marker shows archaeologists excavating near a line of darker soil. It has a caption of “In 1969, archaeologists uncovered a dark streak of soil. In the dig within this building, today’s archaeologists use a grid of red string to track each find. Green string delineates the main feature – dirt formed in the old ditch.”
 
Also see . . .  Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site. (Submitted on August 20, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
Stained Dirt?! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
3. Stained Dirt?! Marker
Marker at Charles Towne Landing image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
4. Marker at Charles Towne Landing
Archaeological Excavations Near Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, Charles To
5. Archaeological Excavations Near Marker
Palisade Wall Near Archaeological Exhibit image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 6, 2013
6. Palisade Wall Near Archaeological Exhibit
 
 
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 261 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 20, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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