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These award winning films highlight how the Heritage Trust program works to protect South Carolina's unique heritage. Heritage Preserves featured in these films include Fort Frederick, Fort Lamar, and Congaree Creek. Plan a visit to these special places; find them on the map.

The Ring People

This documentary takes viewers to remote archaeological sites as scientists discover more about monumental rings of shell constructed during the late Archaic period by American Indians.

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Pockoy Island Shell Rings: A Heritage at Risk Case Study, Exhibit Introduction Film

Pockoy 1 is the oldest known shell ring in South Carolina – dating to the Late Archaic period, approximately 4,300 years ago. Pockoy Island Shell Rings are among thousands of coastal archaeological sites threatened by sea level rise.

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Archaeologists have taken photographs and made detailed drawings of their archaeological excavations for generations. A new technology called photogrammetry now provides archaeologists with a variety of additional benefits in documenting archaeology sites.

Lesson Plan: Archaeo-Tech: Documenting an Archaeological Site


LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is an aerial 3D laser scanning method. It has been used to identify archaeological sites around the world, including the Pockoy Island Shell Rings in 2017.

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Radiocarbon Dating

It's critical for an archaeologist to know the age of an artifact recovered from an excavation. To find out, they turn to radiocarbon dating.

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Discover three types of geophysical surveys used by archaeologists - Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), Resistance and Gradiometer.

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The Barrier Island

Barrier islands are the most seaward landforms. They are fragile, constantly changing ecosystems that are critical to the life cycles of many animals, including humans.

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Shell Tools

Learn about Late Archaic shell tool technology along the South Carolina coast from experimental archaeologist Scott Jones.

Lesson Plans:
Archaeo-Tech: Introduction to Experimental Archaeology,
Archaeo-Tech: Mollusk ID and Coloring Activity

The Atlatl

White-tailed deer was a large part of the diet 4,000 years ago on the South Carolina coast, but how would you have taken one? Learn about a hunting technology called the atlatl from experimental archaeologist Scott Jones.

Lesson Plan: Archaeo-Tech: Atlatl Physics

The Inevitable Evolution of Fort Frederick

A crumbling Colonial fort becomes the foundation for Emancipation Day. Nine historians and archaeologists follow Fort Frederick's lineage as it becomes the birthplace of Reconstruction.

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Fort Frederick Archaeology

Come along as a team of archaeologists conducts a month-long expedition at Fort Frederick Heritage Preserve uncovering occupations from pre-historic times through the 19th century. Discover the methods and techniques of a dig.

Lesson Plans: Peanut Butter and Jelly Archaeology

Fort Frederick History

Nearly three centuries ago, the colonial government in Port Royal conceded to the settler's demands for a new fort for protection from a Spanish incursion. Although its original mission was short-lived, in 1863 Fort Frederick stood at the epicenter of one of the most important events in U.S. history.

Lesson Plans: Fort Frederick Timeline

Fort Frederick Tabby Restoration

In 2014, restoration of Fort Frederick took place using a historic tabby formula. Tabby was the concrete of 18th century coastal Carolina. Making tabby is nearly a lost art, but is kept alive today by a master craftsman.

Lesson Plans: Tabby

Fort Frederick Public Tours

Join schools groups and the general public as they tour Fort Frederick Heritage Preserve, learn about archaeology, historic preservation, and the history of the property.

Lesson Plans: Heritage Tourism

The Planter at the Gate

June, 1862. Capturing Charleston, the gateway to the South, would cripple the Confederacy. Impatient with their Naval blockade of the Holy City, the Union Army decided to go for the back door. One man, Thomas Gresham Lamar, held the keys.

Lesson Plans: Civil War Medicine - Fact or Fiction, Historical Letter Analysis, and Robert Smalls

The Challenge

The Union Army decides the time is right to move into position on James Island and capture Charleston Harbor.

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The Confrontation

Confederate forces at the Tower Battery push back against the Union's advancement toward their position.

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The Battle

Confederate and Union forces clash in a bloody fight.

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The Swamp Angel

Charleston Museum curator, Grahame Long, recounts the story of the war's most renowned Parrott gun and its deadly ordnance: Greek Fire.

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Pluff Mud

Pluff mud is a very fine muddy sediment in the tidal creek and low marsh zones that one can sink in. It caused trouble for the Union army while trying to capture Fort Lamar.

Lesson Plans: Salt Marsh Ecosystem