Chris Clement

last updated 1/28/2018

Chris Clement

Principal Investigator at Southeastern Archaeological Research, Inc.

1515 W. Smith Street, Orlando, Florida, United States
HQ Phone:
(407) 298-2000

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Principal Investigator - SEARCH Inc

Principal Investigator - South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology



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In 1998, Chris Clement of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA), on behalf of Historic Columbia Foundation, conducted limited excavation of the back yard area from 16 April to 7 May.
Four excavation units were opened: two 10 x 10 foot squares and two 5 x 5 foot squares, or 250 square feet. Due to the manicured nature of the yard, topography and historic maps primarily directed Clement's placement of the units. The 10 x 10 foot units were intended to explore the yard area behind the house, while the 5 x 5 foot units were intended to explore areas closer to the house (Clement, et al. 1999). A total of 8,410 artifacts and 7,076 grams of faunal material were recovered from all contexts during the course of excavations.

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One candidate to carry on the work is Chris Clement, a SCIAA archaeologist with an office across the hall from Charles.At the invitation of the Oconee County Historical Commission and with the help of 14 volunteers, Clement recently assessed a previously undocumented Cherokee settlement discovered near Oconee Station near Walhalla.While test analysis remains to be done, Clement says he intends to return: "Tommy and I both think it's important to work in the Upstate."Whomever the successor, he or she will face a daunting challenge.

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Where the county's first inhabitants lived and how they lived, however, is a mystery Chris Clement will try to unravel in the coming months.Clement, principal investigator with the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, spent a week in March in a small, open field near Oconee Station State Historic Site."It's a systematic process," Clement said of peeling through layers of dirt to reveal the past."It is like placing a piece of graph paper over the entire site, and then mapping and cataloging each find," Clement said.Most of the finds during Clement's work were pieces of pottery, each marked with what he called a "complicated stamp."The design on the pieces will tell Clement a lot about the people who lived in the field and used those objects.Clement will take the pottery pieces back to his laboratory at the University of South Carolina for examination and might return in the fall for a larger-scale exploration of the site.Although Clement said such sites are not uncommon, there is a great deal of information that can be learned from such a site.One of the keys to any dig site is finding where posts were put in the ground, Clement said."When people occupy a place, they build things," he said.

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