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Storeroom Stories: Volcanoes

Volcanoes form when pressure builds up under the Earth’s crust. Eventually, the crust ruptures which allows gas, lava, and ash to escape. As the lava builds up, the characteristic cone of a volcano begins to form. The shape of the cone depends on the type of lava being erupted. If…

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Just Below the Surface

Geology is the study of the Earth with most people thinking instantly about rocks and minerals. Rocks and minerals are sometimes confused for each other by the public, but both have distinct characteristics that separate them. For example, minerals are solid substances that are inorganic (or not alive) and also…

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Archaeology and the Siege of Charleston

By Carl P. Borick, Director Based on documentary sources such as period maps and firsthand descriptions, we have a fairly solid estimation of where the American defenses and British parallels were located during the Revolutionary War Siege of Charleston in 1780. The American defenses consisted of a line of redoubts…

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Storeroom Stories: Japanese Armor

In 2013, Museum staff discovered this suit of Japanese Samurai armor locked in a travel trunk within The Charleston Museum’s material culture collection. Very little is known how it got there or why. With origins in the fourth century, Japanese armor has undergone significant changes in construction, style and function….

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More Than Fiction

The science fiction tales of the late 20th and early 21st centuries, popularized in film, often have their basis in historic themes and artifacts. On Thursday May 4, a.k.a “Star Wars Day,” The Charleston Museum will display a special pop-up exhibit, featuring a selection of objects from our collections that showcase this connection, with an…

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