Welcome to the Hume Plantation Slave Street Project


The project focuses on the excavation of a slave quarter on the former grounds of a rice plantation in South Carolina located on the Yawkey Wildlife Refuge, Cat Island (outside of Georgetown, SC).  Investigation of slave ritual magic practices, ritual deposits beneath cabin floors, collections of contraband/prohibited materials, syncretism of beliefs over time from indigenous African, European, and Native American systems; also investigating evidence of slave children’s activities, access to toys, and finally, rate and selectivity of European handoff ceramics and “luxury” items to slaves.

The purpose of the field school lab is to categorize and analyze ceramics, beads, slave pottery, Native American pottery, British clay pipes (ca. 18th & 19th century), faunal remains, glass, and European objects repurposed for slave uses. Moses’ Historical Archaeology Lab is located in the NAU Bilby Research Center.

Principal Investigator(s)

Dr. Moses is a registered professional archaeologist; her current research project is located at the former Hume Plantation located in South Carolina where she is the Primary Investigator. She is investigating the site’s slave quarter, African and Native American slave folk magic, ritual practices, and use of sacred objects buried among the slave cabins and other activity areas. She is interested in the intersection of these activities with childhood, gender, and identity formation during the pre-Civil War through Emancipation era to early 20th century, as social constructions changed drastically among during this chaotic historical period.

Get Involved!

The project includes both volunteer and for-credit opportunities for undergraduate students as well as graduate students.


Research takes place both at NAU and on Cat Island, SC.


Student participation is normally offered during the Spring (4 weeks) in May/June. Spring 2016 is a study season, however, and there will be no field school.  The field school will resume in Spring 2017.




All research is conducted with permission of the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center and the Department of Natural Resources of South Carolina.


Partial support for this research program comes from NAU's Faculty Grants Program.