Dugout Canoe Excavation

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Photograph of Homer C. Antley looking at the stern of the dugout canoe in sand. Located on Kiawah Island.

The dugout canoe was discovered by Charleston Heights resident Homer C. Antley while fishing near a creek bank off Kiawah Island owned by Charles Clarence "CC" Royal of Augusta, Georgia. After spending several days attempting to unearth the water-logged canoe from 8-10 feet of sand, Burton called a halt to the excavation to get more equipment. Unfortunately, when Museum staff returned to the site, a large crater was discovered and more than two-thirds of the 30-35 ft. dugout was destroyed. The salvagable pieces were removed to the Museum. Although vandalism was suspected, it was never proven.