Emergence and Evolution of Carolina’s Colonial Cattle Economy with Dr. Elizabeth J. Reitz

Emergence and Evolution of Carolina's Colonial Cattle Economy with Dr. Elizabeth J. Reitz

In celebration of long-time Curator of Historical Archaeology Martha Zierden’s distinguished career, The Charleston Museum is pleased to host a three-part fall lecture series, featuring noted scholars in the field of archaeology. This special series will include Dr. Jon Marcoux, Director of Graduate Programs in Historic Preservation, Clemson University, discussing the connections between Indigenous and African communities as discovered through Charleston’s colonial period pottery, Dr. Elizabeth Reitz, Professor of Anthropology and Zooarchaeologist at the University of Georgia, speaking on the colonial cattle economy of Carolina, and Ms. Martha Zierden addressing the past, present, and future of archaeology at The Charleston Museum.

Decades of archaeological research show that cattle were an important part of the early Lowcountry diet and the economy. Early Lowcountry cattle were small and remained so into the 1800s. Although their ancestry is far from resolved, genetic analysis suggests a diverse heritage. These four-legged colonists participated in substantial economic, environmental, and social changes. Dr. Elizabeth Reitz of the University of Georgia will summarize decades of research on the lowcountry cattle economy, using the Museum’s historical archaeology collections. Event Image Courtesy of the Georgetown County Library

Registration is encouraged.  This lecture is FREE for Members and FREE for the public. ***SUGGESTED DONATION $10***

Register online or call 843.722.2996 ext. 235.


10/19/2023, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The Charleston Museum
360 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29403


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