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Symposium to discuss Stuarts Town findings set for Feb. 4

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From staff reports

A free public symposium to discuss the Search for Stuarts Town, the project to look for evidence of the lost Scottish colony, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4 at the USC Beaufort Center for the Arts auditorium.

In August of 2022, a team of archaeologists from the University of South Carolina’s Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA) and the University of Florida spent a week doing an exploratory dig in The Point neighborhood of Beaufort – searching for the lost 17th Century Scottish colony of Stuarts Town. All of the collected materials have been at the SCIAA laboratories in Columbia where, for these past few months, they have been meticulously cleaned, examined, and catalogued.

The symposium on Feb. 4 will be the first public presentation of what was found, what it may (or may not) mean, and future plans for The Search for Stuarts Town project.

The symposium will include presentations on the history of Stuarts Town, the archaeological search for its remains, the history of the Yamasee Indians who were allies of the Stuarts Town colonists, and the archaeology of the nearby Yamasee town of Pocotaligo – where the 1715 Yamasee War began.

Participants include Chester DePratter and Larry Rowland, both from the University of South Carolina; Charles Cobb from the University of Florida; Peter Moore from the University of Texas; Denise Bossy from the University of North Florida, and Hannah Hoover, a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan.

Learn about the findings, future plans, and the latest scholarship regarding both Stuarts Town and the Yamasee Indians. Afterwards, take the opportunity to meet the speakers and purchase a signed copy of Moore’s new book, “Carolina’s Lost Colony: Stuarts Town and the Struggle for Survival in Early South Carolina.”

Lobby doors open to the public at 12:30, and seating begins at 12:45 on a first-come first-served basis. Center for the Arts is located at 805 Carteret Street, Beaufort. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/3iMdAtl.

Want to Go?

What: Search For Stuarts Town public symposium.

When: 1 to 4 p.m, Saturday, Feb. 4.

Where: USC Beaufort Center For The Arts, Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret Street, Beaufort.

Tickets: Free. Lobby doors open to the public at 12:30, and seating begins at 12:45 on a first-come first-served basis.

For more information: Visit http://bit.ly/3iMdAtl.

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