You can join SC DNR’s archaeological excavation at Botany Bay

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EDISTO ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – You can join the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Archaeology team as they conduct excavations out at Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve.

Archaeological excavation will take place at Pockoy Island from Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 24.

During this excavation, you will be looking for Pockoy Island Shell Rings Rings (Pockoy 1 and Pockoy 2), which are the latest discovery on the preserve.

The rings were found using Lidar in 2017.

The Department of Natural Resources said Pockoy 1 is the oldest known shell ring in South Carolina – dating to the Late Archaic period, approximately 4,300 years ago. That’s the same time period as the construction of the first Egyptian pyramids!

While the two shell rings are considered one archaeological site, recent excavations have focused on Pockoy 1 since it is experiencing a rapid rate of erosion – about nine meters per year.

Pockoy 1 is one of the most intensely investigated shell rings in the world.

DNR says the site will be open to the public throughout the season from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday through Saturday each week.

The site is closed to the public on Sunday and Tuesday.

Guided public tours of the site are offered at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The public can pre-register for tours here. The public can also volunteer to help sift for artifacts throughout the field season.

Preregistration for volunteers is available at this link.

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