Data Recovery Investigations of Four Wilmington Phase Sites (38BU132, 38BU372, 38BU1236, and 38BU1241), Beaufort County, South Carolina: A Study in Middle Woodland Subsistence Strategies
Data recovery investigations were carried out by Brockington and Associates, Inc., at four Wilmington phase shell midden sites located in the Colleton River Plantation tract, Beaufort County, South Carolina.
The field work was initiated during October 1990 and was completed April 1991. The field investigations consisted of the excavation of 1 by 1 m units, excavated in arbitrary 10 cm levels. Samples were retained for flotation analysis. Zooarchaeological, ethnobotanical, radiocarbon, and oyster analyses were conducted for the four study sites. The data from the four sites, in addition to the data available from previous investigations of Wilmington phase sites in the region, resulted in an alternative model of site function for at least some, if not all, of the Wilmington shell midden sites.
Rather than representing semi-permanent seasonal camps, it is suggested that these sites may be the result of intensive oyster collection and preservation (i.e., smoke drying or sun drying) efforts. If so, these sites would not be occupied for a long duration of time but abandoned, and dried oysters carried away from the site for later consumption.
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Data Recovery Investigations of Four Wilmington Phase Sites (38BU132, 38BU372, 38BU1236, and 38BU1241), Beaufort County, South Carolina: A Study in Middle Woodland Subsistence Strategies. Christopher T. Espenshade, Linda Kennedy. Brockington and Associates, Inc. 1992 ( tDAR id: 391060) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8N29XSV
min long: -80.834; min lat: 32.089 ; max long: -80.647; max lat: 32.267 ;
Individual & Institutional Roles
Field Director(s): Linda Kennedy
Principal Investigator(s): Christopher T. Espenshade
Brockington and Associates, Inc., report number(s): 0152
General Note: Curation facility: South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology
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