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Fig. 3. Outlines of deep creek or marsh areas, as indicated on the 1739 Roberts and Toms map of Charleston, are shown in green. The outline of the Miles Brewton house, to be constructed in 1769, is shown for perspective. The low-lying marsh discovered on the two archaeological sites is likely an extension of these creeks; such details are not shown on the 1739 map. (Map: Martha Zierden for The Charleston Museum; from “The Iconography of Charles-Town at High Water,” 1739, by B. Roberts and W. H. Toms, facsimile in 1884 Charleston City Yearbook, on file at The Charleston Museum.)


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