Geoarchaeological Investigations at White Pond, Elgin, SC


This is an abstract from the "SAA 2019: General Sessions" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

The White Pond Human Paleoecology Project is a collaborative effort between multiple institutions and researchers to study the geology, archaeology, and paleoecology of White Pond in South Carolina. Building on the seminal work of Watts (1980), this research seeks to: 1) derive the broader geologic context of the age and origin of White Pond and its fringing sediments containing the archaeological record; 2) delineate and correlate the lacustrine paleoenvironmental and terrestrial archaeological records through integrated studies of litho- and biostratigraphy, geochronology, and archaeostratigraphy; and 3) conjoin the correlated paleoenvironmental and archaeological records in systemic, human behavioral terms (human paleoecology). Archaeological excavations at White Pond over two field seasons have revealed stratified sequences from Late Paleoindian Dalton to Woodland occupations buried within 1 meter of colluvial sand. Here we present preliminary field data, results of luminescence dating, granulometry, and sediment geochemistry. Implications for geochronology and site formation processes are discussed along with directions for future work.

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Geoarchaeological Investigations at White Pond, Elgin, SC. Christopher Moore, Mark J. Brooks, Albert C. Goodyear, Terry A. Ferguson, James K. Feathers. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450277)

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min long: -93.735; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -73.389; max lat: 39.572 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 26169