Discovery Lecture – Barnwell Tabby Ruins

November 13:If These Walls Could Talk!Kim Cavanaugh, Ph.D – Professor of Anthropology, University of SC – Beaufort & Audrey Dawson, Ph. D.

The Barnwell Archaeological Research Project is a multidisciplinary endeavor at the Barnwell tabby ruins located on the north end of Hilton Head Island. Archaeology, archival research, and geological dating analysis are being employed to answer questions from the local community concerning when the tabby structure was created, its uses through time, and the role of African and African-American enslaved laborers at this structure. This presentation will highlight information gleaned from the Phase I archaeological excavations coupled with preliminary archival research, both of which suggest the tabby ruins are older than originally thought, possibly dating to the island’s colonial period occupations. 2-3 p.m.

Kimberly Cavanagh is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. A Fulbright Scholar, she holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Visual Anthropology (2007) from the University of South Carolina. Her research centers on globalization, tourism development, and the Middle East.

The museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island. Cost is $7 per person and reservations are required by calling (843) 689-6767 ext. 223 or