Stanley South

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Stanley A. South
Born Stanley Austin South
February 2, 1928
Boone, North Carolina
Died March 20, 2016(2016-03-20) (aged 88)
Columbia, South Carolina
Citizenship United States
Fields Archaeology
Institutions South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology
Alma mater
Thesis A Study of the Prehistory of the Roanoke Rapids Basin (1959)
Academic advisors Joffre L. Coe
Known for Historical archaeology
Influences Leslie White, Lewis Binford
Notable awards Order of the Palmetto (1999)[1]

Stanley A. South (February 2, 1928 - March 20, 2016)[2] was an American archaeologist who was a major proponent of the processual archaeology movement. South's major contributions to archaeology deal in helping to legitimize it as a more scientific endeavor.[3] Additionally, South participated in the excavation and research of a number of historic sites throughout North and South Carolina, including Charles Towne Landing (SC), Brunswick Town, North Carolina, Bethabara (near Winston-Salem, NC), the John Bartlam site at Cain Hoy (SC), and Santa Elena (near Beaufort, SC), as well as Fort Dobbs and the Fayetteville Arsenal. [4]

Stanley South was an important pioneer of the theoretical background of Historical archaeology.

He first worked as state archaeologist in North Carolina and became 1969 professor at the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology / University of South Carolina.


  • Method and Theory in Historical Archeology (1977)
  • Research Strategies in Historical Archeology (1977), editor
  • Historical Archaeology in Wachovia: Excavating Eighteenth-Century Bethabara and Moravian Pottery (1999)
  • Archaeological Pathways to Historic Site Development (2002)
  • An Archaeological Evolution (2005)
  • Archaeology at Colonial Brunswick (2010)


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