Topic ID #42089 - posted 1/30/2020 10:51 AM

Archaeological field school on African life in the lower Cape Fear region


UNC Wilmington will offer a field school in the Wilmington area from May 20-June 22, 2020.  Our goal is to investigate slave cabins and possible sharecropper cabins at an antebellum/postbellum rice plantation along the Brunswick River near Wilmington.  Over the course of the session, students will learn surface surveying, excavation techniques, record-keeping, mapping, and basic lab techniques, including flotation. We will also go on field trips to some local archaeological sites of interest.  The class will be 6 credit hours, and will be intensive--it will basically take place all day Monday-Thursday, and half days on Friday. Actual hours of excavation will be decided by vote of the crew.

Surviving chimney falls and other remains of slave cabins and sharecropper residences have been located on local, privately owned land that once belonged to an antebellum rice and naval stores plantation.  We began to excavate the first of these cabins in our 2018 field season, and continued in 2019; prior to that, no slave cabin was excavated at any rice plantation along the Lower Cape Fear River, although some plantation houses and outbuildings have been investigated.  The goal of our field season will be to map as many of the surviving cabin remains as possible, and excavate some of the slave cabins.  We then will be able to compare the Lower Cape Fear slave cabins to those from South Carolina rice plantations, which have been excavated.

We are always interested in hosting non-UNCW students!  For academic credit, you will need to register as a Visiting Summer Student  at UNCW and then register for the class.  You can then transfer it in to your home institution in whatever way is standard there.  Please apply to the Field School via e-mail (and receive an acceptance) prior to registering as a Visiting Student!  And you may want to check with your home institution on what forms are necessary to transfer in a domestic transient study credit.

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