South Island John Doe

Archaeologists seek relatives of 19th-century South Carolina remains

Following Hurricane Irma in 2017, the skeletal remains of a young fisherman were discovered near the site of ongoing archaeological research in Georgetown County, South Carolina.

Archival research identified the area where he was found as a 19th century fishing village, located between Mosquito Creek and Winyah Bay. Clothing found with his remains resembled the fishermen shown in this 1915 photograph by Frank G. Tarbox, courtesy of the Georgetown County Digital Library.

We are working with the SC Department of Natural Resources to help tell this young man’s story and provide him with a proper burial. More information can be found in a story on the WPDE-TV website.

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