Shell Rings and Shell Middens

Shell Rings and Shell Middens (HMO0A)

Location: Mt Pleasant, SC 29466 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 51.168', W 79° 46.904'

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Shell rings and shell middens found along the SC coast were made by Native Americans 3000-4000 years ago. Several have been discovered in the East Cooper area. The rings, composed largely of shell, animal bone and pottery were sometimes used as habitation sites. Some middens contain post holes, structural remains and large pits used to steam shellfish.

The main purpose of the rings remains a mystery. They may have been the gradual accumulation of shell and refuse at the sites, perhaps built for ceremonial purposes or created as public monuments. The nature of the rings suggests that inhabitants successfully harvested natural resources which allowed nomadic bands eventually to settle at permanent locations.
HM NumberHMO0A
Year Placed2004
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 12:48pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 613997 N 3635626
Decimal Degrees32.85280000, -79.78173333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 51.168', W 79° 46.904'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 51' 10.08" N, 79° 46' 54.24" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2024 State Rd S-10-51, Mt Pleasant SC 29466, US
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