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We know how hard it is to find resource materials for archaeology and history. History can be such a fascinating and exciting topic, but too often this excitement just isn't conveyed to students by the resources that are out there.

That's why we have developed an extensive series of brochures, booklets, and even curricula packages for your classes in Social Studies, South Carolina History, and Archaeology.

These materials are designed to encourage students and to make the past exciting and relevant. We hope you'll be as excited about the possibilities of integrating these materials into your classroom as we are.

Below are lists of the different materials available. If you have any ideas or requests for additional materials, please let us know.

Associated with the Liberty Hall investigations in Berkeley County we have completed a new curriculum study. Assisted by teachers at Westview Elementary School in Goose Creek, this curriculum provides lesson plans on religious persecution, rice, slavery, and life on a rice plantation.

Check out the new curriculum booklet we have prepared with the S.C. State Museum!

Interested in teaching more about South Carolina's African American history? Chicora Foundation has worked with SCIway to develop a series of hard-hitting and very detailed web pages on African Americans during slavery, reconstruction, and the era of Jim Crow. These pages begin to tell the history that is largely forgotten. Your students desire to know the real story. Check out the pages by going to SCIway.

Curricula Materials Developed Especially for South Carolina Archaeology and History

  • Benjamin Mazyck, The Mystery Man of Goose Creek: A Curriculum for the Study of Eighteenth Century South Carolina Huguenots, Rice Plantations, and Slavery. 84pp. Developed with the assistance of the teachers at Westview Elementary School in Goose Creek, South Carolina, this package provides detailed curricula materials looking at the religious persecution of the Huguenots, the cultivation and marketing of Carolina Gold rice, slavery in the eighteenth century, and the life on an eighteenth century rice plantation. Included with the package are samples of rough rice, hulled rice, chaff, hand-pounded rice, whole rice, middling rice, and small rice (or rice grits. This rice is viable (2003 crop) and one lesson plan provides information on planting and growing Carolina Gold -- the rice grown by eighteenth century planters in South Carolina!
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  • The Economic and Social History of Tobacco Production in South Carolina. 38 pp. Developed in conjunction with the Pee Dee Heritage Center, this package focuses on the Native American use of tobacco, colonial and antebellum cultivation of tobacco, and the development of the bright leaf tobacco industry in the Pee Dee region after the Civil War. [Teachers, please note: This curricula material makes no judgments on tobacco use nor does it instruct on the health consequences. It only explores the historical impacts of the crop on South Carolina prior to WWI]
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  • Indians, Slaves and Freedmen in the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina. 46 pp. Developed with the assistance of Roche Carolina, Inc., this curricula material explores the history and archaeology of a section of Florence County. But its usefulness is far wider, since it helps kids better understand the lives of Native Americans, and how life changed from slavery to freedom for African Americans.
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  • Integrated History and Ecology of Tea Farm Park. 59 pp. This curricula package was originally developed for use by Charleston County Park and Recreation at its new Tea Farm Park. It is just as useful for any teacher who wants to integrate history and science to show kids that all disciplines are equally important and draw from one another. The package explores Native American plants and ecology, and the cultivation of rice by African American slaves. 
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  • Native Life at A.D. 1650.  42 pp.  If you are tired of looking for information on South Carolina Native Americans and finding only Plains tepees and head dresses, this will be a welcome addition. It explores a broad range of questions that kids are certain to ask -- What kinds of tools did the Indians have? What did they eat and how did they prepare it? How did they dress? The booklet is loaded with line drawings and simple explanations.


  • Curricula Materials for The First South Carolinians: The Life and Times of Native Peoples in the Palmetto State. 94pp. This guide was prepared to accompany the S.C. State Museum Traveling Exhibit by the same name, but also provides great stand-alone curricula materials for teaching about Native Americans. Lesson plans include foodways, tools, Indian trade, and Indian-White relations, plus the complete text of the exhibit. $15.00
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Simple Booklets to Help You Teach the Richness of South Carolina History

  • Fort Johnson is More Than Fish: Enjoying the History. 8 pp. An introductory history of Fort Johnson on James Island on the Charleston Harbor. Used during Queen Anne's War, the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and World War II, it is one of South Carolina's most significant military history sites. ISBN 1-58317-012-X  $3.00

  • First Steps in Archaeology: An Introduction to Archaeology for Kids of all Ages. 16 pages.  Methods of site discovery, site recordation, and artifact identification for anyone interested in investigating and preserving South Carolina's archaeological heritage. ISBN 1-58317-011-1  $3.00

  • Your Servant, Quash: Letters of a South Carolina Freedman. 16 pages. The story of Quash Stevens, slave and freedman of Kiawah Island. Letters he wrote his employers as a freedman after the Civil War are included in this booklet.  ISBN 1-58317-010-3   $3.00

  • Mitchelville: Experiment in Freedom. 12 pp. Traces the history of a unique village established by the Union army for freed slaves on Hilton Head Island. Part of the "Port Royal Experiment," Mitchelville was an experiment in freedom for area African Americans. ISBN 1-58317-009-X   $3.00

  • Grave Matters: The Preservation of African-American Cemeteries. 16 pages. Explores the unique and exciting history of African-American cemeteries and how they can be easily damaged or destroyed by development or a lack of understanding. Suggests ways that this heritage can be preserved for future generations.  ISBN 1-58317-008-1  $3.00

  • Understanding Slavery: The Lives of Eighteenth Century African-Americans. 12 pages.  Using history and archaeology, this booklet explores the lives of South Carolina's African-American slaves from capture in Africa, through the Middle Passage and into bondage. ISBN 1-58317-007-3  $3.00

  • The Saluda Factory: Forgotten History of the Riverbanks Botanical Park. 12 pp. Explores the ruins still preserved in the Riverbanks Botanical Park of the Saluda Factory, one of South Carolina's earliest textile mills. This booklet also reveals the role played by the factory in the Civil War and its eventual demise. ISBN 1-58317-006-5   $3.00

  • Free Persons of Color in Charleston, S.C. Before the Civil War. 12 pp. Although slavery was common in antebellum Charleston, there was also a free black community that is being explored through history and archaeology. This booklet explores the lives of these "free persons of color" and the sites they left behind. ISBN 1-58317-005-7   $3.00

  • Collecting Artifacts: Looting or Your Gift to the Future?   three panel brochure.  Brochure explores responsible collecting and how to make sure that your artifacts have a future. Free with SASE.

  • Reflections of Our Past: The Archaeology of South Carolina.  four panel brochure. Brochure traces the archaeology of South Carolina from the Paleoindian through Historic period. Free with SASE.


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