Sifting the Soils of Historic Charles Towne

At Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

Artifacts range in sizes, from the tiniest trade beads to 20-pound ballast stones. The big objects are hard to miss, but how do archaeologists ensure that they recover the small stuff? One technique is called water-screening. The archaeologist places shovelfuls of excavated soil on a fine-meshed screen and then uses running water to wash away the dirt, leaving behind the small finds. Meet the park’s archaeologist and watch as she water-screens soil for artifacts. Learn about past discoveries and see what new ones emerge as the dirt dissolves.


  • June 9, 2022, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • June 23, 2022, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • June 30, 2022, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Event Hours

    See program schedule above. Programs are subject to cancellation due to weather or staffing issues.

    Meeting Place

    Exhibit Pavilion on History Trail (adjacent to Avenue of Oaks)

    What to Bring

    Comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, water, and insect repellent.


    Free with paid admission.