Good Times at Short Timer Archaeological at the Short Timer Site (38BU1787) May River Neck, Beaufort County, South Carolina

Author(s): Sudha Shah; Thomas Whitley

Year: 2007


From July to September 2002, Brockington and Associates, Inc., conducted archaeological

data recovery investigations at the Short Timer site (38BU1787), May River Neck, Beaufort County,

South Carolina. Short Timer is a multi-component prehistoric site situated in the middle of a broad

sandy terrace on a large meander bend of the May River. Cultural materials recovered from the site

date from the Ceramic Late Archaic through the Mississippian period.The site was originally recorded by Brockington

and Associates, Inc., during a 2001 cultural resources survey of the May River Neck Tract of

Palmetto Bluff (Poplin 2002). In consultation with the South Carolina State Historic Preservation

Officer, Poplin and his colleges (2001) recommended the north, central, and southwestern portions

of the site eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).This document summarizes data recovery efforts for the North and Central Preservation

Areas. After completing the first stage of field investigation for all NRHP-eligible portions of

38BU1787, construction plans for the proposed golf course were modified and it was determined the

Southwest Preservation Area would not be impacted by land-disturbing activities. Data recovery

investigations in the Southwest Preservation Area were discontinued and this portion of the site

remains largely intact. All data recorded during the course of this investigation are documented in

the report.

Cite this Record

Good Times at Short Timer Archaeological at the Short Timer Site (38BU1787) May River Neck, Beaufort County, South Carolina. Sudha Shah, Thomas Whitley. Charleston : Brockington and Associates. 2007 ( tDAR id: 390879) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8K64KCG

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Spatial Coverage

min long: -80.892; min lat: 32.249 ; max long: -80.392; max lat: 32.591 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Jonathan Leader; South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology

Record Identifiers

Brockington and Associates, Inc., report number(s): 38BU 1787


General Note: The Short Timer site appears to have been repeatedly used by Ceramic Late Archaic and Early Woodland groups arriving at the site by watercraft. The temporal breadth of ceramic artifacts recovered from the northwest corner of the site supports this conclusion. During the Middle Woodland period, the Short Timer site appears to have been repeatedly used as a seasonal base camp and possibly more intermittently as an oystering station. Late Woodland groups likely occupied the site for a relatively long period of time, given the diversity of shellfish, marine, and forest species remains recovered from the site

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