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  • 12 Oct 2021 8:40 AM | Dina Rivera (Administrator)

    11 OCTOBER 2021


    Chris Espenshade (RPA 15747) applied for and was awarded a Register of Professional Archaeologist (RPA) Equipment Grant of $1,000.00 to purchase two metal detectors to augment the holdings of Advanced Metal Detecting for the Archaeologist (AMDA).  AMDA is increasing the number of metal detectors that it owns for use in its RPA-certified, continuing professional education class.  One of the goals of the class is to expose students to a variety of detector models.  The long-term goal of AMDA is to have up to 15 detectors available for class use.  At the time of the grant proposal, AMDA owned six devices (two Minelab Equinoxes and four Macro Simplexes).

    Statement of Completion

    As indicated by the attached receipt, Espenshade purchased one Garrett AT Pro and one Teknetics Omega 8500 from Kellyco Detectors.  The purchase was completed well within the two-month period stipulated in the grant application.  Their combined cost with shipping was $1,103.86, exceeding the grant amount.  Espenshade personally covered the difference.

    On 17 September 2021, Joseph Balicki of the AMDA board acknowledged receipt of the donated detectors.  The two new detectors were used in the 1-3 October class of AMDA near Lake Champlain, New York (please see Figures 1-2).  The addition of the two detectors brought the AMDA holdings to eight devices, and instructor Joel Bohy has subsequently donated a ninth detector. 

    AMDA has posted public media notices about both the purchase and the use of the new devices at the first class.  The funding for these instruments by RPA has been acknowledged in public media and at our recent class.

    Although two of the metrics of success cannot be verified for several years, there are strong indicators that all three measures will be achieved.  First, we have indeed increased the number of AMDA-owned detectors by more than 20 percent.  The maintenance of average site size over the next five years cannot be demonstrated at this juncture, but the 1-3 October 2021 class maintained the average class size, and demand is already high for the 2022 class at Valley Forge.  Likewise, the October class saw tuition held to $350 for 24 credits, and the same rate will be applied at Valley Forge.

    Overall, the grant award has allowed me to contribute concretely and significantly to the ability of the AMDA class to teach best practices in metal detecting in archaeology.  The continued success of AMDA will assist RPA archaeologists to “stay informed and knowledgeable about developments in her/his field” (RPA Code of Conduct 2.1b) and to “employ a suitable methodology” (RPA Standards of Research Performance, Section I). 

    The AMDA and I appreciate the RPA’s assistance through this equipment grant, our class certification, and our ongoing relationship.  Thank you.  Please do not hesitate to contact me should you need further information regarding this grant award.

    Chris Espenshade


  • 18 Aug 2021 8:51 AM | Dina Rivera (Administrator)

    August 17, 2021

    Final Summary Report For: Register of Professional Archaeologists Public Outreach and Education Grants

    Affiliated Society: The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

    Primary Project Contact Name: Dr. Susan Ryan Registration: #55949401

    Project Title: The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center Discover Archaeology Webinar Series

    To continue delivering on the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center’s (CCAC) mission and strategic goals during the pandemic, the Discover Archaeology Webinar Series was initiated. By moving to an online format, CCAC is able to engage with a community of learners who may not have had the opportunity to visit CCAC’s campus in the past or to afford an in-person program. The Discover Archaeology Webinar Series permits us to bring a wide array of archaeological research into people’s homes and provide them with the ability to interact with the human past in a way that is engaging, accessible, and relevant.

    With the support of a $1,000 grant from the Register of Professional Archaeologists, we were able to provide the Discover Archaeology Webinar Series each Thursday from May 13-July 8th, 2021. Table 1 summarizes the date of the webinar, the presenters name and title of presentation, how many people pre-registered, the number of unique Zoom viewers, the maximum number of concurrent Zoom views, the number of YouTube views, the number of Facebook views, the Facebook reach, and Facebook engagement. In sum, 3,092 people pre-registered for the webinars from May 13th-July 8th and were engaged with topics ranging from Pawnee culture to perishable artifacts in the U.S. Southwest. A complete library of these presentations can be found on CCAC’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdeiaCdm5v3cyVWL-n6qVBQ). The RPA and Colorado Council for Professional Archaeologists, our partners, were credited and logos were displace for each webinar listed in Table 1.

    The Discover Archaeology Webinar Series has encouraged people to engage with complex cultures and histories and to find the relevance of past human experiences within their every-day lives. We greatly appreciate RPA’s support and look forward to continuing this impactful vehicle for mission delivery. 

    Table 1. Discover Archaeology Webinars supported in part by the RPA’s Public Outreach and Education Grant.

  • 8 Jul 2021 2:40 PM | Dina Rivera (Administrator)

    120 Riverbend Road 

    Athens, Georgia 30602 

    TEL 706-542-9816 | FAX 706-542-6106 



    July 8, 2021 

    Martha Zierden 

    The Charleston Museum 

    360 Meeting Street 

    Charleston, SC 29403 

    The results for the Kiawah canoe re-dating project are attached. The project was funded by the Register of  Professional Archaeologists Dating Grant.  


    The canoe fragment was examined and sampled by dendrochronologist Dr. Katharine Napora. Dr. Napora  confirmed the canoe was made from hard pine (Pinus sp.), and counted 18 annual growth rings in the  canoe fragment. Wood samples were collected from the “innermost” and “outermost” individual tree  rings using clean scalpel and forceps. 


    Cellulose (α-cellulose) was extracted from the tree-ring samples following Hoper et al. (1998), with the  following modifications. Subsamples were first treated with an organic solvent (acetone) to remove  resins/waxes and other relatively mobile fractions. The subsamples were then treated with excess 1N HCl  at 80°C, followed by treatment with excess 0.1 M NaOH at room temperature, followed by a second HCl treatment at 80°C; samples were rinsed to neutral with ultrapure (Milli-Q) water between each step. A  final bleaching step of NaClO2 mixed with dilute HCl heated to 80°C yielded α-cellulose. Cellulose  samples were dried at 105°C and combusted in evacuated and sealed quartz tubes at 900°C in the  presence of CuO, yielding CO2. The CO2 samples were cryogenically purified from the other reaction  products for stable isotope and radiocarbon analyses. The “outermost” ring failed to yield a sufficient  quantity of CO2 for further analysis.  

    δ13C by IRMS 

    The stable isotope ratio (δ13C) was measured on the purified sample CO2 gas on a dual-inlet isotope ratio  mass spectrometer (IRMS) housed at the University of Georgia Center for Applied Isotope Studies.  Values are expressed as δ13C with respect to VPDB with an error of less than 0.1‰. 

    14C by AMS 

    The CO2 sample was catalytically converted to graphite using the method of Vogel et al. (1984). The  graphite 14C/13C ratio was measured using the CAIS 0.5 MeV accelerator mass spectrometer. The sample  ratio was compared to the ratio measured from the Oxalic Acid I standard (NBS SRM 4990). The quoted  uncalibrated date is given in radiocarbon years before 1950 (years BP) and percent Modern Carbon  (pMC) using the 14C half-life of 5568 years. The error is quoted as one standard deviation and reflects  both statistical and experimental errors. The date has been corrected for isotope fractionation using the  IRMS-measured δ13C value. 

    Table 1. Results for Sales Order #RCS194.


    Sample ID 



    14C age years,  BP 





    Kiawah Canoe 








    The radiocarbon date was calibrated in OxCal version 4.4 (Bronk Ramsey 2020) using IntCal20 for the  Northern Hemisphere (Reimer et al. 2020). 

    OxCal v4.4.4 Bronk Ramsey (2021); r:5; Atmospheric data from Reimer et al (2020) 

    UGAMS-53245 R_Date(970,40) 



    Bronk Ramsey, C. 2020. OxCal Program, Version 4.4. Bronk Ramsey, C. 2020. OxCal Program, Version  4.4.  

    Hoper ST, McCormac FG, Hogg AG, Higham TF, Head M. 1998. Evaluation of wood pretreatments on  oak and cedar. Radiocarbon 40(1):45-50. 

    Reimer, P.J., Austin, W.E., Bard, E., Bayliss, A., Blackwell, P.G., Ramsey, C.B., Butzin, M., Cheng, H.,  Edwards, R.L., Friedrich, M. and Grootes, P.M., 2020. The IntCal20 Northern Hemisphere  radiocarbon age calibration curve (0–55 cal kBP). Radiocarbon 62(4): 725-757. 

    Vogel, JS, Southon, JR,Nelson, DE, and Brown, TA. 1984. Performance of catalytically condensed  carbon for use in accelerator mass spectrometry. Nuclear Instruments & Methods 223(B5):289-293. 

    Report prepared by 

    Carla S. Hadden, Ph.D. 

    Assistant Research Scientist

  • 6 Jul 2021 11:32 AM | Dina Rivera (Administrator)

    Waccamaw Indian People: Past, Present, Future  

    Coastal Carolina University/Horry County Museum/Waccamaw Indian People  Council of SC Professional Archaeologists  

    Carolyn Dillian (RPA #12519)  

    In spring semester, 2021, 37 students in Dr. Katie Stringer Clary and Dr. Carolyn  Dillian’s classes at Coastal Carolina University worked in collaboration with the Waccamaw  Indian People to create an exhibit at the Horry County Museum entitled Waccamaw Indian  People: Past, Present, Future. The main goal of this project was to tell the story of the  Waccamaw Indian People through their words, voices, images, and belongings, and educate the  community about the Waccamaw Indian People’s history, heritage, and culture.  

    Because the exhibit was intended to be a true collaborative partnership with the  Waccamaw Indian People, the Chief, Vice Chief, and Tribal Council were consulted at all stages  of the exhibit creation. From the very beginning, Drs. Clary and Dillian met with the Chief and  Vice Chief of the tribe to obtain their consent for the project and talk about what kind of exhibit  content they would like to see included in the physical and online spaces. The PIs obtained IRB  approval (IRB #2021.114) prior to the initiation of this phase of the project, and a COVID  Research Resumption Plan was submitted and approved by the Dean of Graduate Studies and  Research at CCU. Ten tribal members agreed to be interviewed by CCU students for exhibit  content, and their interviews were recorded. Excerpts of the interviews were used as printed text  and as push-button audio in the exhibit, and the full interviews are available through the exhibit  website (a QR code in the exhibit allows museum-goers direct access to this resource). All  photographs, text, audio, and exhibit displays were approved by tribal members at every stage of  design, and their comments and edits were incorporated prior to printing and construction, so that  their message came through in the final exhibit.  

    Through the use of interviews, photographs, archaeological artifacts, and personal  belongings, the exhibit traces the history of the Waccamaw Indian People from prehistoric times  through today, and highlights tribal members’ aspirations for the future of their tribe.  Additionally, the use of digital spaces, websites, audio, and videos allows people who are unable  to visit the Museum physically to interact with artifacts and interpretation.  

    Museum goers completed an exit survey online with responses that were overwhelmingly  positive. However, museum audiences were not the sole beneficiaries of this effort. We also  sought to educate Coastal Carolina University students in museum design, provide opportunities  for students to work collaboratively with diverse descendant communities, and give students  experience in ethnographic methods and historical research. As instructors, Drs. Clary and  Dillian worked with 37 Coastal Carolina University students in building the exhibit from start to  finish, using best museum practices, community and stakeholder engagement, and commitment  to education for the public.  

    The mission of the Horry County Museum is “to collect and preserve material related to the  prehistory, natural history, history and culture of Horry County; to interpret and to create exhibits  of such materials and to prepare educational programs related to them for presentation to the  public.” The Horry County Museum typically gets approximately 25,000 visitors each year,  mostly drawn from the local community, school groups, and organized tours. The artifacts  selected for the exhibit came from the Museum’s collections, but other belongings were placed  on loan to the Museum by members of the Waccamaw Indian People. An important part of the  exhibit was the personal narratives and oral histories provided by members of the tribe during 

    interviews with CCU students. Artifacts included: prehistoric projectile points and pottery  spanning Paleoindian through to historic times; a pipe, gourd art, ribbon dress and ribbon shirt on  loan from tribal members (loan agreement arranged between the Horry County Museum and  individual owners of these objects); and photographs, text, and audio highlighting tribal members  and their stories.  

    Students stated that they enjoyed the project and working with the Waccamaw Indian  People. The ability to see the project to completion and interact with tribal members was one of  the biggest benefits. One student commented “I learned a lot about what goes on behind the  scenes when it comes to putting on an exhibit.” Others focused more specifically on what they  learned about the Waccamaw Indian People, such as “my favorite part of this exhibit was our  collaboration with the Waccamaw and our ability to learn more about them first-hand. That first  Zoom meeting with the Chief and Vice Chief changed our perspective on the class. This was no  longer a class where we were forced to learn a curriculum and create a project based on this. The  end result of this project was something bigger than academia, which, as students, we are not  used to nor have had much experience with. This project gave us the chance to make a real  change for the better in our community.” Another commented that because the exhibit sometimes  addressed painful personal stories by members of the Waccamaw Indian People, the classes  worked respectfully with “…difficult information in a manner that was inclusive [and] brought  up discussions of difficult topics” which allowed everyone to learn about that history.  

    An additional and unexpected positive impact is that this project serves as a model for  other museums. The partnership between multiple University departments, the Museum, and the  Waccamaw Indian People has attracted interest from other museums in the region and beyond.  Drs. Clary and Dillian have been contacted by individuals from the South Carolina State  Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, and the USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center,  for advice on creating collaborative efforts of their own. The transparency in the development of  this project, and the exhibition of our process within the exhibit and online, should serve to  inspire other museums to create similar exhibits and partnerships.  

    Measured outcomes revealed that the exhibit educated the community about the  Waccamaw Indian People, created collaborations and lasting partnerships with CCU’s Native  American neighbors, and raised student awareness about this local descendant community while  giving them the knowledge and skill to work respectfully with diverse groups.  

    Waccamaw Indian People: Past, Present, Future will remain on display at the Horry  County Museum for at least one year. Portable, collapsible panels were also printed with exhibit  materials, which will be loaned for temporary exhibits to local libraries, schools, and other  organizations. If the Waccamaw Indian People would like them, the printed exhibit panels,  photographs, and other exhibit items not owned by the Horry County Museum will be given to  the tribe to place on display at their Tribal Grounds office or facility of their choice after the  exhibit ends at the Museum. Additional materials based on the exhibit content will be placed into  education kits that are used in the Museum’s school outreach programs and teaching materials.  The website for the exhibit will remain online with photographs, text, and audio links, offering a  permanent educational resource for everyone to use.


    Media featuring Waccamaw Indian People: Past, Present, Future  

    Waccamaw Indian People exhibit opens in Conway CCU Article/ Video:  https://www.coastal.edu/ccustories/news/news-article/index.php?id=5313 

    We Are Here CCU Article:  


    SC Humanities Article: https://schumanities.org/news/the-waccamaw-indian-people-past present-and-future-exhibit/ 

    CCU News Vimeo Video: https://vimeo.com/540760153 

    Post and Courier Article #1: https://www.postandcourier.com/understandsc/understand sc-waccamaw-indian-peoples-fight-to-become-a-federally-recognized 


    Post and Courier Article #2:  

    https://www.postandcourier.com/news/local_state_news/waccamaw-indian-people-of-sc gain-support-in-push-for-federal-recognition/article_f544dc84-9e15-11eb-99bb 33f9ba561773.html 

    WPDE News Article/ Video: https://wpde.com/news/local/exhibit-showcasing-history of-waccamaw-indian-people-now-open-at-horry-county-museum 

    Post and Courier “Understand SC” Podcast:  


    Myhorrynews article: https://www.myhorrynews.com/news/waccamaw-indians-believe they-will-finally-be-acknowledged/article_7913cfb8-a9fe-11eb-823b-fb03db0e4d76.html 

    Peedeenewsnetwork: https://www.peedeenewsnetwork.com/announcements/the waccamaw-indian-people-past-present-and-future-exhibit-opens-at-the-horry-county museum/article_a91ee700-96f4-11eb-a8f0-cfd32bc38583.html 

    Social media mentions:  

    CCU Twitter: https://twitter.com/CCUChanticleers/status/1393206967502397443 Dr. Sara Rich Tweet: https://twitter.com/wracksandruins/status/1392511865041866756

    CCU Department of Anthropology and Geology Facebook Post:  

    https://www.facebook.com/anthropologygeographyCCU/posts/learn-more-about-the new-exhibit-waccamaw-indian-people-past-present-future-http/1423403321353688/ 

    CCU Facebook Exhibit preview Video:  


    Exhibit digital resources:  

    Waccamaw Past Present Future Website: https://waccamawpastpresentfuture.com/ 

    Soundcloud Playlist: https://soundcloud.com/user-475547154/sets/waccamaw-indian people-past 

    Waccamaw Indian People Website: https://www.waccamaw.org/single-post/ccu-horry county-museum-waccamaw-exhibit

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