LifeTides: History &  Archaeology Curriculum 

The LifeTides Institute also offers Archaeology, history and sociology classes for students ranging from 3rd to 8th grades. The various courses and activities are as follows, along with the applicable grades for each class and the South Carolina Education Standards that each lecture covers.


16th Century Explorations and Settlements in the Southeast (Grade 6-8)

Participants will learn about the 16th century explorations and settlements of the Spanish and French in the Southeastern United States through 5 different education stations. At each station students will examine documents, maps, reproduction artifacts and pictures to complete a worksheet on each exploration and settlement.

South Carolina Social Studies Standards: 6-6.4, 6-6.5, 8-1.2

Terms: St Augustine, Fort Caroline Charlesfort, Santa Elena, Orista, trade goods, cochineal bugs, sassafras roots, deerskins, cartography, convert.

Length: 1 hour

16th Century French and Spanish Exploration and Settlements in South Carolina (Grades 3-4)

Students will examine the accomplishments of the Spanish and French explorers who came to settle South Carolina in the 16th century through pictures, documents and reproduction artifacts.  They will discover the role played by Native Americans in these explorations and make a piece of rope like the rope made by the Orista Indians for the French settlers at Charles Fort.

South Carolina Social Studies Standards: 3-2.2, 3-2.3, 4-1.3, 4-1.4,        

Terms: Charlesfort, Santa Elena, Orista, trade goods, cochineal bugs, sassafras roots, deerskins

Length: 1 hour

Camp Dig It! Archaeology Program  (Gardes 3-8)

Students will get an introduction into the field of archaeology by a professional archaeologist. In this program participants will excavate a simulated site in dig boxes using the same methods archaeologists do to uncover and record their finds. They will also have to identify artifacts they discovered and figure out who might have lived at their site.

South Carolina Social Studies Standards: 3-1.3, 3-2.2, 3-2.3, 4-2.2, 6-4.4, 8-1.2

Terms: Archaeology, artifact, excavating, prehistoric, historic

Length: 1 hour


Living History with Captain William Hilton (Grades 3-8)

In this program students will hear from Captain William Hilton about his life and harrowing adventures on the Carolina coast. Students will learn that in 1663, almost 100 years after the Spanish had started their settlement at Santa Elena on Parris Island, an Englishman—Captain William Hilton, who had been commissioned by settlers in Barbados to explore the Carolina coast for a suitable site for a colony—entered Port Royal Sound.  As he did so he noticed a high bluff or headland on an island that could serve as a navigational marker and called it Hilton's Head. Participants will be able to interact with Captain Hilton and ask him questions.

South Carolina Social Studies Standards: 3-1.1, 3-1.2, 3-2.2, 3-2.3, 3-2.4, 4-1.3, 4-1.4, 4-2.3, 6-6.4, 6-6.5, 8-1.2

Terms: Hilton Head, Santa Elena, Charlesfort, Port Royal, Barbados, Lord Proprietors, astrolabe, compass, cartography

 Length: 45 mins