Documenting the 1781 Kosciuszko Mine


In 2013, the park entered a cooperative agreement with the University of South Florida (USF), the Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies (AIST). AIST will provide baseline data and produce 3D digital records of the Kosciuszko Mine and other historic features at Ninety Six National Historic Site.

This project will help the National Park Service / Ninety Six National Historic Site stabilize, protect, and preserve the Kosciuszko mine, the only existing military tunnel during the American Revolution. The 125-foot tunnel is 3-4 feet in height and was dug in the subsurface soil by Patriot soldiers from the American lines toward the British (Loyalist)-held Star Fort during the course of the 1781 siege of Ninety Six.

The project will be a joint undertaking between AIST and the Southeast Archeological Center (SEAC) to document the tunnel and ultimately inspect the stability and recommend long-term protections and preservation methods. Additionally, South Carolina ETV will be documenting the work and developing short documentaries and educational materials.

On this page, you will find additional information on documenting the Kosciuszko Mine. We have provided 3D visualizations, news articles and clips, as well as video clips. We'll be updating the page as we receive new data and information.

To see more photos of the project, head over to the Photo Gallery.

Learn more about our partners here – SEAC, USF - AIST,and South Carolina ETV or check them out on Facebook!


Tunnel Segment 6 in 3D

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This is a 3D flythrough into the tunnel that the Patriots were digging to reach the Loyalist-held Star Fort. The Patriots planned to blow a hole in the wall of the fort, but were stopped 30 feet from their goal! AIST is using 3D laser scan data to completely map and model the fort and tunnels. Stay tuned!

Fox Carolina reports
Fox Carolina reports on the preservation of the military mine

In the News!

During the digital documentation of the military mine, Fox Carolina was with the crew to take a look inside the tunnel. Watch Now! (2m 24s).

Greenwood's own newspaper, Index-Journal, wrote an article about the project too!

Google Glass at Ninety Six
An Archeologist demonstrates the uses of the Google Glass at Ninety Six.

NPS | South Carolina ETV

Through the Google Glass: Educational Leap, Using New Technology

There are many new technologies being developed and tested that will have a major impact on how people learn and how they are taught. One new technology on the horizon is Google Glass. Ninety Six National Historic Site, the University of South Florida's Alliance for Integrated Spatial Technologies (AIST) and South Carolina ETV recently partnered on an a "new technology" driven project that will help develop new avenues for education, using Google Glass.

Watch Now! (3m 22s).


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