Twenty year ago there were many of us who hoped this day would come. We’ve known for quite some time that there was a MAJOR Clovis culture in South Carolina. The problem was o one would believe it. The worst problem is the fact that with the advent of so many of the man-made lakes in the state, many important sites were destroyed.
There was always talk of a “pre Clovis” culture….
The State is reporting:
“…University of South Carolina archaeologist Albert Goodyear found artifacts at this rock quarry site near the Savannah River that indicate humans lived here 37,000 years before the Clovis people. History books say the Clovis were the first Americans and arrived here 13,000 years ago by walking across a land bridge from Asia.
Goodyear’s discovery could prove otherwise.
His findings are controversial, opening scientific minds to the possibility of an even earlier pre-Clovis occupation of America.
The site is named for Beaufort County resident David Topper, a forester who led Goodyear to the site in the early 1980s. Goodyear only began intense examination of the site in 1998, after flooding of the Savannah River forced him from a nearby dig, according to several histories of the Topper site.
Goodyear believes it was a factory for the Clovis people, where they came to make tools. He also believes it was used long before the Clovis arrived.
So far, he’s found two sets of artifacts at Topper:
• Stone flakes and tools made of flint and chert that date to the Clovis era
• A fire pit containing plant remains that date to at least 50,000 years ago, which suggest man was in South Carolina long before the last ice age.
“The controversy is heightened because that’s just about the time, according to old-world archaeologists, when our species were starting to move away from Africa and get into Australia,” Goodyear said. “That’s true, and there’s no reason to think it’s not… .. But the bottom line is are these artifacts really legitimately associated with 50,000-year-old sediments? And, based on our digging, I think the answer is yes.”
Goodyear finished his 12th dig at the site earlier this month and said he’s found more artifacts there that were “undeniably human made” in the layers of dirt dating to pre-Clovis and Clovis eras….”