Stanley South

Dr. Stanley South, Archaeologist, was a leader in the establishment of the discipline of Historical Archaeology.
He died on Sunday, March 19, 2016 at the age of 88.

Stanley South at Reference point in road at Bethabara

Stanley South at Reference point in road at Bethabara

A native of Boone, North Carolina, South was a graduate of Appalachian State and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He began his career in North Carolina and continued it in South Carolina with the archaeological study of numerous significant sites throughout the Carolinas and beyond. He left as legacy many publications as well as many memories of his abilities as a story teller.

Early in South’s career, in the 1960s, he conducted excavations on the Moravian towns of Bethabara and Salem, work which laid the foundation for much subsequent research into the Moravian presence in North Carolina. In 2005, Michael O. Hartley, Director of Archaeology at Old Salem Museums & Gardens, conducted a two-hour interview with South talking about that career. The interview was part of a project supported by a Certified Local Government grant through the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology.

The interview may be found through this link.