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Researching the presence of . . .
Ice Age Man in South Carolina at the Topper
South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology
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2013 ALLENDALE PALEOAMERICAN EXPEDITION
April 29th - June 1st,
In 1998, archaeologists
from the Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of South
Carolina, while excavating a prehistoric site on the Savannah river in
Allendale County, SC, discovered stone implements far deeper in the ground than
they had ever encountered before. Subsequent excavations and studies have
revealed that ancient humans were present 16,000 or more years ago, some two to
three thousand years earlier than previously allowed by textbooks. Known as the
Topper Site, it appears to be one of several sites in the eastern U.S.
producing evidence that humans were living in the western hemisphere during the
last Ice Age.
The Topper discovery has
received national and international media attention from CNN, U.S. News and
World Report, Newsweek, The National Geographic, the New York Times, Scientific
American, Science Magazine, NOVA and Time Team America. It is currently
the subject of a special program developed by S.C. Educational Television. The
Topper site offers an exciting opportunity to participate and experience
multi-disciplinary archaeological field work seeking answers to the fascinating
questions surrounding the early occupation of the Americas. Come one, come all
and be an excavation team member of this important
CLOVIS EXCAVATIONS AT TOPPER
2011 Article By D.
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2013 TOPPER EXPEDITION ON-LINE
EXPEDITION INFORMATION PACKAGE
SITE PUBLICATIONS & PRESS
TOPPER SITE VIRTUAL
2005 CLOVIS IN THE SOUTHEAST
PALEOINDIAN DATABASE OF THE
The Allendale Paleoamerican Expedition
is a field
program where members of the public can register for a week, or more, and help
excavate one of North America's most ancient archaeological sites associated
with several prehistoric chert quarries.
Team Members learn about
excavation techniques and artifact identification. The Expedition also provides
a challenging and diverse excavation experience for undergraduate and graduate
The Expedition is going
back to the Topper site in 2013 for five weeks from April 29th - June 1st.
The 2013 Expedition will reconcentrate on the Clovis
occupations at Topper and the
pre-Clovis excavation will again focus on the deeper Pleistocene terrace
deposits down to the 50,000 year level. Also, in conjuction with SCIAA's
underwater team, the dredging operation will begin at the renowned
Charles site during weeks 1 and 2.
More information about previous field
seasons at Topper is available in the Legacy newsletter, published by the SC
Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of South
- Free Camping with Hot
Showers - (Check-in begins at noon on
- Evening meals provided M-F
and Lunch M-Sat
- Evening Educational
- T-shirt and
- Motels within 30
The expedition member cost is
$488 per week ($400 is tax deductible). You may click
here to register for the Expedition
on-line; or you may choose to download and print out the registration form
, then mail the completed form along with a
non-refundable $60/person pre-registration deposit to:
Dr. Albert Goodyear
SC Institute of Archaeology
University of South Carolina
1321 Pendleton St.,
Columbia, SC 29208
803-777-8170 - Email:
(Make checks and money orders payable to USC
Ed. Foundation, Allendale.Balance must be received
between January 2nd, and April 15th)
should be directed to Tom Pertierra at
IExcavation Team Members should plan to arrive on Sunday
afternoon as field operations begin on Monday. Campers may begin check-in at
the Picnic Shelter anytime after noon on Sunday.
Click here to download and print out a complete
Expedition information package.
Click here to view a
regional map of the Expedition area.