‘Reign of Rice’ focuses on rice archeology

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Andrew Agha, archeologist at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston, will present a historical talk entitled “The Archeology of Rice: Digging for the Roots of Cultivation” at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 26, in the Welcome Center Conference Room at Brookgreen Gardens. The lecture is part of the monthly “Reign of Rice Lecture Series” that continues through May and is free with garden admission.

“The Archeology of Rice” focuses on the origins of colonial agriculture in the Charleston area and how enslaved Africans were situated in the cultivated landscape of Carolina’s Lowcountry. Agha also works with the Archaeological Research Collective, Inc., and formerly worked on archeological digs at Brookgreen Gardens. He proposes that rice plantations in the greater Georgetown area have similar origins that will be discussed.

“The information that has been offered at this lecture series has been invaluable to the understanding of Gullah Geechee heritage, rice production, and southern Americana,” said Ronald Daise, vice president for creative education. “We are hopeful many will take advantage of attending the final two lecture presentations.”

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and is open to the public daily. For more information, consult our web site at www.brookgreen.org or call 235-6000.

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