The Mann-Simons African American Archaeology Project was started in 2005 by Jakob Crockett (University of South Carolina—Columbia) in partnership with Historic Columbia Foundation.
The primary objective of the archaeology is to determine how the material culture of the Mann-Simons family varied in relation to changes in both family structure and Columbia's social environment throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century. At its most abstract, the primary goal is to understand the ways in which the material world is implicated in the development, maintenance, and negotiation of social relations.
To achieve this, we explore issues of consumption, landscape, race, class, and representation -- highlighting the ways in which these issues are interconnected. But why archaeology?