Over the last forty years, the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA) has evolved from a small research organization to an internationally recognized center for archaeological research, covering a full range of historic and prehistoric subjects across South Carolina. With its burgeoning programs and research projects in both land and underwater contexts, SCIAA reveals our heritage using the most advanced scientific methods to preserve it for our people and our descendents.
As a research organization and state agency, SCIAA has considerable internal diversity. SCIAA consists of six divisions: administrative; Office of the State Archaeologist; research; underwater archaeology (Columbia and Charleston office); cultural resources consulting; and the Savannah River Site (Aiken office). Also included is the public education and outreach component that consists of statewide programs, many taking place in elementary and middle school classrooms throughout the year, as well as during South Carolina Archaeology Month held every September.
Nena Powell Rice