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Auld Mound, Charleston County (Address Restricted)

(Yough Hall Plantation Shell Ring) The Auld Mound is one of 20 or more prehistoric shell rings located from the central coast of South Carolina to the central coast of Georgia. All are believed to date early in the second millennium B.C., and they contain some of the earliest pottery known in North America. The average diameter from crest to crest is about 174 feet. The ring stands 2 to 3 feet higher than an essentially flat central area is densely forested and covered by thick undergrowth. The midden is composed of oyster shell largely, but with large quantities of knobbed whelks and periwinkles present, as well as smaller amounts of other mollusks. The interstices between the shells are filled by black midden soil with some animal bone and pottery sherds. The floor of the ring does not contain any midden deposit, nor apparently the terrain surrounding the ring. The floor is approximately 5 feet above mean sea level. Listed in the National Register October 15, 1970.

View the complete text of the nomination form for this National Register property. In addition, the Historic Resources of the Late Archaic-Early Woodland Period Shell Rings of South Carolina, ca. 1,000-2,200 years B.C. includes historical background information for this and other related National Register properties.

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