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Beneath the Ivory TowerThe Archaeology of Academia$
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Russell K. Skowronek and Kenneth E. Lewis

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813034225

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813034225.001.0001

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Campus Archaeology on the University of South Carolina’s Horseshoe

Campus Archaeology on the University of South Carolina’s Horseshoe

(p.52) 4 Campus Archaeology on the University of South Carolina’s Horseshoe
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Early in 1973, plans were underway for renovation and restoration of the original buildings on the University of South Carolina around the tree- and grass-covered common known as the Horseshoe. One idea proposed by an architect was that a series of classic Greek-style statues appropriate to the period of the early nineteenth century could be attractively arrayed around the Horseshoe. When plumbing was brought into the buildings on the Horseshoe common in 1900, the well houses were torn down and the well shafts filled. In order to explore the reconstruction of the well houses idea and learn more about the Horseshoe area, Hal Brunton, vice president for business affairs, contacted the university's Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. Russell Wright, the architectural consultant, informed Brunton, who expressed an interest in locating evidence of the original road and the wells.

Keywords:   University of South Carolina, Horseshoe, statues, well houses, reconstruction, Hal Brunton, Russell Wright

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