300 Years Later – A Visit by the Earl and Countess of Shaftesbury

Nick and Dinah Ashley- Cooper, the Earl and Countess of Shaftesbury toured the Lord Ashley archaeological site this spring  with historians and archaeologists from Historic Charleston Foundation, The Charleston Museum, and Charles Towne Landing. 2015-03-12 12.18.542015-03-12 13.00.49

This was the first visit to the site by a member of the Ashley-Cooper Family.  While Nick is the 12th earl, his ancestor Lord Anthony Ashley Cooper, was the first Earl of Shaftesbury (1621-1683), and was the leader of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina. The first earl had intended to visit his 12,000 acre plantation on the upper reaches of the Ashley River, however, he never made it to the Carolina colony.

During this recent visit, the couple got an overview of the history of the site, inspected some of the artifacts that have come from the several archaeological field schools and toured the site itself.  They were very impressed by the story of the site and all the work that has gone into its investigation.  We hope they will return in the future to see even moe progress!

cropped field picThis was a wonderfully timed visit as lead archaeologist Andrew Agha  (pictured here) will be presenting a paper on the Lord Ashley Site archaeology this summer at a conference at the Shaftesbury Estate, St. Giles, Wimborne in East Dorset, England.  We will post more about that soon!


About Katherine Pemberton

Katherine Pemberton is Manager of Research & Education for Historic Charleston Foundation. Her primary interests are archaeology and the history of colonial South Carolina. She is co-chair of the Mayor's Walled City Task Force which focuses on the early fortifications of Charles Town- the only English walled city in North America.
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3 Responses to 300 Years Later – A Visit by the Earl and Countess of Shaftesbury

  1. Craig W Garrison says:

    Wow what a connection. Again, Mr. Agha, has gone above and beyond. His extensive communicative research should be an inspiration to all students at CofC. Peace

  2. Suzanne Johnson says:

    Great work by a great team…that is really neat to see you getting to show it off to the actual Earl and Countess of Shaftesbury. Cool beans 🙂

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