Chicora is a Columbia, South Carolina public, non-profit heritage
preservation organization founded in 1983. Our work includes archaeological and
historical research throughout the Southeastern United States, public education
(primarily right here in South Carolina), and work in conservation and
preservation with museums, libraries, archives, historic organizations, and
private citizens. With years of experience and hundreds of projects, we are a
leader in preservation efforts.
Dr. Michael Trinkley received his doctorate from the
University of North Carolina in 1980 and has published numerous scholarly
studies with Chicora, the University of Alabama Press, and others. He has over
30 years of preservation experience and has been the director of Chicora
Foundation since 1983. Prior to his work with Chicora he was the senior
archaeologist with the SC Department of Highways. Dr. Trinkley is a registered
consultant with numerous state and international agencies and has served as an
expert witness for cemetery and archaeology issues in both South Carolina
Circuit Courts and US Federal Court. He has been accepted for membership in the
Register of Professional Archaeologists and is also a member of the American
Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.
Michael Trinkley, Director
Ms. Debi Hacker is Chicora’s Laboratory Supervisor
and Education Specialist. She has over 15 years of experience in Southeastern
archaeology, including prehistoric work in Kentucky, South Carolina, and North
Carolina, as well as historic work throughout South Carolina. Ms. Hacker is a
recognized expert in laboratory analysis and conservation of archaeological
materials. Prior to joining Chicora she was associated with The Charleston
Museum as Assistant Archaeologist. She later served as the Conservation
Administrator with the South Carolina State Museum. Ms. Hacker obtained her B.A.
in Anthropology from Tulane University and has received additional training
conservation, preservation, and landscape architecture.
Debi Hacker, Conservation
- Chicora Foundation maintains over a thousand square feet of office and
laboratory space, with additional dedicated conservation laboratory space,
darkroom capability, and equipment storage.
- We have equipment on-hand for a variety of survey, testing, and data
- Chicora routinely uses survey grade GPS (Global Positioning System) to
provide extra accuracy for archaeological site locations.
- Chicora maintains a complete facility for the repair and treatment of
stone and iron objects. Staff are certified in Jahn, have received training
in the use of US Heritage and Edison materials, and have up-to-date
- We use a SOKKIA reflectorless total station for forensic, cemetery, and
archaeological recordation projects – providing the maximum accuracy. Our
photography is conducted with both Nikon digital and film cameras.
- Chicora maintains a 4,000+ volume library, including monographs and
serial publications from throughout the region. We have an extensive library
of conservation and cemetery preservation literature, as well as an
excellent collection of forensic archaeology and forensic anthropology
- Our in-house computer capabilities include everything necessary to
provide detailed analysis and report publication.
- Our fleet of 4-wheel drive vehicles ensures that we have access wherever
necessary to provide our clients with the service they require.