Finding And Interpreting Future Conflict Sites: The Williamson’s Plantation Battlefield Example

Author(s): Steven D. Smith; Michael Scoggins

Year: 2018

Summary

In 2006 the authors embarked on a multiyear project to find, define, and interpret the July 12, 1780 Battle of Huck's Defeat, or Williamson's Plantation.  At the time, the battlefield was popularly understood to be a mile from its actual location.  Through historic document research, systematic metal detecting, the application of KOCOA, and other military analyses, the battlefield and battle episodes were located and defined. That, however, was not the end of the story.  Today, the battlefield site includes an introductory film, battlefield trail with interpretive signage, and a shadow house.  The finding and interpretation of the Williamson's Plantation battlefield serves as an example as to how future conflict archaeologists can serve the public's interest in their heritage.

Cite this Record

Finding And Interpreting Future Conflict Sites: The Williamson’s Plantation Battlefield Example. Steven D. Smith, Michael Scoggins. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441824)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 912