Virtual ~ Sea Pines Shell Ring Talk
Daily Life and Extraordinary Ceremony at the Sea Pines Shell Ring
The Coastal Discovery Museum will host Matthew Sanger, the Curator of North American Archaeology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Indian (NMAI) on February 17 at 2 pm. Native Americans built the Sea Pines Shell Ring out of tens of thousands of oyster and clam shells roughly 4000 years ago. Archaeologists debate why Native Americans built this, and other large circular rings of shell, with some seeing them as village sites, ceremonial gathering places, or even circular dams made to hold fresh water. He will discuss their recent work at the Sea Pines shell Ring which shows Native Americans changed their use of the site over time from a place of habitation to a place to conduct rituals and cremate their dead.
This virtual program is $5 for a viewing and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext. 223. The museum is located at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island.