Campus Archaeology on the University of South Carolina’s Horseshoe


in Beneath the Ivory Tower

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034225
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039602 | DOI:
Campus Archaeology on the University of South Carolina’s Horseshoe

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Early in 1973, plans were underway for renovation and restoration of the original buildings on the University of South Carolina around the tree- and grass-covered common known as the Horseshoe. One idea proposed by an architect was that a series of classic Greek-style statues appropriate to the period of the early nineteenth century could be attractively arrayed around the Horseshoe. When plumbing was brought into the buildings on the Horseshoe common in 1900, the well houses were torn down and the well shafts filled. In order to explore the reconstruction of the well houses idea and learn more about the Horseshoe area, Hal Brunton, vice president for business affairs, contacted the university's Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. Russell Wright, the architectural consultant, informed Brunton, who expressed an interest in locating evidence of the original road and the wells.

Keywords: University of South Carolina; Horseshoe; statues; well houses; reconstruction; Hal Brunton; Russell Wright

Chapter.  6421 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History and Theory of Archaeology

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