History

The South Carolina Archaeology Public Outreach Division, Inc. (SCAPOD) is a woman co-founded 501(c)(3) non-profit. SCAPOD was established in 2010 with a mission to encourage knowledge of South Carolina’s cultural heritage and archaeology.

vision

By using the slogan ‘Preserving Heritage through Archaeology Education,’ SCAPOD will ensure the studies of cultural heritage and archaeology are used as innovative educational tools to help people learn about history and diversity. Thus, SCAPOD will encourage sustainable support for the preservation of cultural resources within the state of South Carolina.

Co-founders

SCAPOD Founders
Heléna Ferguson, Meg Gaillard, Erika Shofner

 

Heléna Ferguson has over 10 years of field, laboratory, and public outreach experience mainly in the state of South Carolina. Her primary research is in historical archaeology, with a focus on landscapes of change, particularly urban. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Anthropology from the University of South Carolina. Heléna also holds a certificate in Museum Management where she trained in museum administration, exhibit development and design, and non-profit development. In addition to co-founding SCAPOD and serving as President of the SCAPOD Board, Heléna is an adjunct professor of Anthropology at Midlands Technical College, Central Carolina Technical College, and Ashford University.

Meg Gaillard has over 13 years of photography experience, and over 10 years of archaeology and public outreach experience working mainly in the Southeastern United States. Her primary research is in historical archaeology, ethnography, and public interpretation. Meg holds two B.A. degrees from the University of South Carolina in Anthropology and Journalism. She also holds an M.A. degree from the University of Manchester (England) in Visual Anthropology. Meg has worked as an anthropologist, archaeologist, public interpretation specialist, and ethnographer on projects in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and the United Kingdom. In addition to co-founding SCAPOD and serving as Treasurer of the SCAPOD Board, Meg is an archaeologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Heritage Trust Program, serves as a board member of the SC State Board of Review for the National Register of Historic Places, and serves on the selection committee for the Arkhaios Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Film Festival.

Erika Shofner has over 13 years of field, laboratory, and public outreach experience working in South Carolina archaeology. Her research interest is in prehistoric archaeology with an emphasis in Paleoindian studies and primitive technology. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Anthropology from the University of South Carolina. Erika also holds a certificate in Museum Management where she trained in using archaeological material and research to develop interactive exhibits. She has worked at both the Topper Site in Allendale, SC, where she served as Laboratory Manager for two field seasons, and at the Johannes Kolb Site in Darlington, SC. Erika is a graduate of the Project Archaeology Leadership Academy, and also serves as the SC state representative for the Society of American Archaeology’s Public Education Committee (PEC). In addition to co-founding SCAPOD and serving as the Executive Director, Erika is also an associate at Richland Library Southeast in Columbia, SC.

 

Board

Kimberly Cavanagh, Anthropology Professor, University of South Carolina – Beaufort
Chan Funk, Archaeologist, Fort Jackson
Jeremy VanderKnyff, Performance Improvement Consultant, S.C. DHEC
JoAnn Zeise, Curator of History, South Carolina State Museum

 

Volunteers

SCAPOD is always looking for new volunteers to assist with programs throughout the year. Our volunteers include retired educators, archaeology students, professional archaeologists, and those just interested in archaeology. If you would like to become a SCAPOD volunteer, please contact us today.