Learn about Yamasee Indians and Altamaha Town

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Beaufort History Museum Lecture Sept. 11

Beaufort History Museum, in partnership with the Beaufort County Library, will present a lecture on the Yamasee Indians and Altamaha Town by noted authority and archaeologist Dr. Eric Poplin. The lecture is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott Street.

The Yamasee Indians, a multiethnic conglomeration of Native Americans, lived along the lower coastal plain of South Carolina between 1683 and 1715. Altamaha Town, the capital of their settlements, was occupied as early as 1685 until it was abandoned during the Yamasee War. More than 60,000 artifacts were recovered from the site. Poplin will discuss the history of the tribe and life in the village during his presentation.

Poplin, who earned his PhD at the University of Calgary, is Senior Archaeologist/Vice President with Brockington and Associates, a large southeastern US Cultural Resources Management firm with offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Charleston.  He has conducted archaeological investigations throughout coastal South Carolina for the last 28 years including some at Altamaha Town, Huspa Town and Pocotaligo Town in Beaufort District.

Admission to the lecture is free.  A donation of $5 is suggested and reservations are required. To sign up visit the BHM website at www.beauforthistorymuseum.com. Please print out the ticket and bring to the event.  Registration opens August 28.    (Lectures sell out.  Those with tickets will be admitted first.)  Funds collected will be used to support ongoing Museum programs and the ongoing renovation of the Exhibit Hall currently underway. Phase I of the renovation was recently unveiled and Phase II is slated for completion late in 2019.

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