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Pocky Island Shell Ring Excavation Tours

  • Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve/Wildlife Management Area 1066 Botany Bay Road Edisto Island, SC, 29438 United States (map)

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Heritage Trust Program


Monday, May 6 through Friday, May 24, 2019

*Excludes Sundays and Tuesdays when the site is closed to the public.

** Excavations will be canceled when inclement weather is predicted. Please see the Full  Calendar for the most up-to-date information.



Botany Bay Plantation Heritage Preserve/Wildlife Management Area, 1066 Botany Bay Road, Edisto Island, SC 29438



Guided public tours of Pockoy Island Shell Ring 1 are offered three times per day.

Tour 1:10 - 10:45am

Tour 2: 1 - 1:45pm

Tour 3: 2 - 2:45pm

Tours are guided by Botany Bay Heritage Preserve volunteers and/or an SCDNR archaeologist. You may observe the archaeologists working from 10am - 3pm if you arrive between tours. Once you arrive at Pockoy Island Shell Ring 1, please sign in for your tour with an SCDNR representative at the archaeology field station. You will have the opportunity to volunteer at the excavation site following your tour.




Pre-registration is not required for individuals or families visiting the site. Large groups (15 or more individuals) are encouraged to pre-register with SCDNR archaeologist Meg Gaillard (GaillardM@dnr. Boy Scout troops who want to earn an Archaeology Merit Badge at Pockoy are required to pre-register as space is limited for merit badge programs.