Is History Being Made in Allendale County?
Were Native Americans present earlier than preivously thought?
Native Americans are conventionally thought to have first appeared in either North or South America about 13,000 years ago, during the end of the last ice age. At this time, much sea water was tied up in massive glaciers, and Siberia and Alaska were connected by a land bridge. It was at this point that Siberian nomads were thought to have entered North America for the first time, and gradually migrated all the way down to what we now call the Striaght of Magellan.
However, archaelogists from the University of South Carolina have been slowly excavating at the "Topper site" in Allendale County for several years (since the 1980s). They have uncovered artifacts which they interpret as "pre-Clovis" stone tools (some of the earliest stone tools in North America were first recognized from remains at Clovis, New Mexico, and therefore are known by this name), and have now successfully done radiocarbon dating of burned plant remains which are dated at 50,000 years ago. Professor Albert Goodyear of the University of South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology states that: "Topper is the oldest radiocarbon dated site in North America." If these results stand the test of peer review and scientific scrutiny, they will revolutionize the dates of earliest man (and woman of course!) in America.
There are many other sites with claimed dates of occupation before 13000 years ago, but they all have some questionable aspect of their evidence.
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|The nearby Allendale PaleoIndian Expeditions at the Topper Site and here (all off site) is seeking to push back the timelines of Native Americans in North America.|
|Archaeology Article on the Topper Site|
|But, do the dates refer to human habitation?|