Empowering Communities: The 12,000 Year History Park Project—Lexington County, Cayce, South Carolina, USA

  • John H. Jameson
Part of the One World Archaeology book series (WORLDARCH)


The 12,000 Year History Park Project involves the collaboration and cooperation of local organizations and agencies to create unique educational opportunities for South Carolina and the Midlands. Existing facilities include an extensive trail system connecting to the Three Rivers Greenway. The River Alliance has led local efforts to apply high standards of resource protection and education. With well-preserved regionally and nationally significant archaeological and historic sites, the park offers unparalleled opportunities for public education, interpretation, and research of all major periods of South Carolina history and prehistory. Community involvement has encompassed stakeholder meetings, local community volunteers, high school and higher education academic communities, and local and regional special interest and recreational groups. Recent efforts to recruit and train a cadre of volunteers to lead and help develop on-site tours have raised the public profile of the park. This work has established a platform to move forward in planning the operation of the park, including managing projects and events and expanded roles for volunteers. A program of interpretive module development and resource marketing is designed to continue the momentum and build on our successes.


City-managed archaeological park Public education Cultural heritage interpretation South Carolina history and prehistory Community engagement/involvement 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John H. Jameson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.ICIP ICOMOSSavannahUSA
  2. 2.12,000 Year History ParkCayceUSA

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