Archaeological excavation at Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve open to public

The public is invited to join the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Archaeology team as they conduct excavations at Pockoy Island, located on Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve. Archaeological excavation will take place from Friday, May 1 through Saturday, May 23, 2020. The site will be open to the public throughout the season from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Wednesday through Saturday each week. The site is closed to the public on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

Guided public tours of the site are offered at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The public can pre-register for tours at

The public can also volunteer to help sift for artifacts throughout the field season. Pre-registration for volunteers is available at

Groups of 10 or more who wish to visit the site may register at

About Pockoy Island:

The Ring People, a documentary film produced in 2019, takes viewers to remote archaeological sites, including Pockoy Island, as scientists discover more about monumental rings of shell constructed during the Late Archaic period by American Indians. The Ring People and other SCDNR Archaeology documentary films can be found at doesn’t work.) Here’s a new link for the movie The Ring People¬†

For more information about the May 2018 field season at Pockoy Island, visit

For more information about the SCDNR Heritage Trust Program, visit:

Directions to the preserve can be found on the Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve website: