Exploring Charleston, a city that began in 1680, there is much to see above ground. Sometimes, however, the most interesting discoveries come from below it.

While historical documents and artwork unveil significant data, archaeological excavations further fill in the gaps of the city’s history, especially in regards to those whose history was unrecorded. Ongoing paleontological and archaeological discoveries throughout Charleston continue to help illuminate the region’s previous cultures and environments.

This exhibit highlights the work of the museum and preservation organizations that comprise the Charleston Heritage Federation, the member organizations of which are devoted to the protection, preservation, and professional stewardship of buildings, sites, objects, and natural places and landscapes significant to the heritage and culture of Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry. They include: The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the Charleston Library Society, the Charleston Museum, the Drayton Hall Preservation Trust, the Gibbes Museum, Historic Charleston Foundation, Middleton Place Foundation, Preservation Society of Charleston, and the South Carolina Historical Society.

This inaugural airport exhibit is designed around the theme of “Discovering Charleston” and highlights paleontological and archaeological discoveries made by the partner institutions in the Charleston area. There are two exhibit cases, both before security. One is near the American Airlines ticket counter. The other is in Baggage Claim near Carousel 3.

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