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In 1950, to prepare himself to teach a science unit on the Indians of North Carolina, Stan began walking plowed fields for artifacts.
Three years later, he began graduate studies in anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Joffre Coe, a professor noted for his rigorous training in fieldwork and artifact analysis.
has a huge cast: family, teachers, mentors, colleagues, subjects, and crew members, and many will find their portraits among the illustrations. Hardly an archaeological episode passes without one or more stories: Stan being teased by his Brunswick Town crew, Ronald Reagan insisting that aliens may have left archaeological ruins on the moon, and the historical archaeology seminar in the Flowerdew Hundred toilet.
(When you are famous, there is no escape.) Not all of the stories are happy.
Although Stan loves intellectual debate, he does not gladly suffer fools and philistines, whether Navy personnel squandering tax dollars, university presidents afraid of the word , or National Park Service bureaucrats who insist on digging in the wrong location.
On Friday afternoon, the clean, dry sherds rode back with us to Stan’s farmhouse near Raleigh. Stanley South was born February 2, 1928 (Groundhog Day), in Boone, North Carolina.
Before he found his calling as a “mountain groundhog,” his life took a few zigzags: the Navy during World War II, photography school, a degree in education, and teaching.
In his first four years, Stan and a crew of four African-American fishermen developed a historic park, excavated nine ruins, and washed, cataloged, and analyzed tens of thousands of artifacts.
Then, while continuing to dig at Brunswick Town, Fort Fisher (1865), and many smaller sites, he excavated the Moravian town of Bethabara (1753–) and a house lot in Winston-Salem (1766–).