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The Original Walled City of Charleston

   Last week I got the chance to go behind the scenes and witness an archeological dig going on in the city area of historic downtown, Charleston. The Charleston Wall was constructed during the 1630s to the 1730s and enclosed the entire peninsula. The cool thing about this site is that they were able to look at an old painting of Charles Town from 1739 to locate the original Charleston Wall which runs under East Bay St. in this particular area where they are presently digging. The Cooper River during this time use to extend all the way up to the Charleston Wall.


   Today, the areas extending outside of the original Charleston Wall is all artificial fill. This particular site is fenced in and used for research purposes only. Any kind of collecting by the public is prohibited and illegal!   

Location Charleston County, South Carolina, USA

Date Added6/24/2009

This photo shows the remains of a collapsed colonial brick building.
The sifting area.
The Charleston Wall in this photo is the brick area on the right with the shovel on top.
Artifacts from different time periods.

Another day at Top Secret
Another day at Top Secret
Down to the wire
Down to the wire

Awesome report!!! - 6/25/2009
Reviewer : brachiomyback from
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Were you part of the group actually doing the excavation and are they planning on doing a public display of the artifact findings. That would be sooo neat to be part of something like that... so jealous. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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- 6/25/2009
Reviewer : cbg1851 from
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I love living in an area with so much history. It had to be neat getting behind the scenes and watching the archaeologists work. If anybody's interested, here's the address to a constantly updated blog that deals with the Walled City dig: http://walledcitytaskforce.org. Content Quality : 10 of 10

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Fantastic Post! - 6/26/2009
Reviewer : dw from Summerville South Carolina United States
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The Charleston area is an incredible place to live! I grew up here and I always wondered what must be under all the paved streets in downtown. I can only imagine what must be in the "fill" that you mentioned. Thank you for sharing a great experience with the rest of us! Content Quality : 10 of 10
fascinating stuff!

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wish i could have been there, too.

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- 6/26/2009
Reviewer : cbg1851 from
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Hey DW, In your response to t$'s post you talked about wondering what was under the paved streets downtown. Before becoming interested in fossils, I was obsessed with relic hunting. You wouldn't believe the stuff I found -- slave tags, 1700's silver coins, Confederate buttons, Civil War artillery shells...and the list goes on and on. I agree with you, the Charleston area is an incredible place to live.
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