Once again, archaeologists are traveling this summer to the Edgefield area in search of historical information regarding the cultural lives of 19th century potters and artifacts of the pottery industry.

Volunteers are invited to provide assistance to the Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign’s Archaeological Field School from May 26 until July 8.

This year’s dig will take place in and around the Edgefield pottery communities under the direction of Christopher C. Fennell, PhD., Associate Head of the Department of Anthropology.

“The length of the volunteer work term is flexible, but must be arranged in advance. Volunteers will provide assistance in varied tasks under the supervision of staff direction,” Dr. Fennell said,

There is no charge to participate in the dig, but transportation, meals and lodging are the responsibility of the participants.

While camping facilities are not available, lodging at a specially reduced rate of $50 per night for registered volunteers, is available at the Edgefield Inn.

The attraction of Edgefield pottery, in more recent times, has brought national prominence to the area.

Required, advanced registration for the dig must be arranged through Carrie Monday, who will handle volunteer organization and coordination. Call Monday at 803-275-7758 in Edgefield, or email her at to register and arrange your volunteer schedule.

For more information, visit for the field school or for Fennell.