They Were Here: Ice Age Humans in SC

In the last decade, scientists have made startling discoveries indicating that Ice Age humans were in the Western hemisphere between 15 – to 20,000 years ago. Four archaeological sites related to these Ice Age humans are being studied, and one of those sites, called the Topper Site, is located in Allendale County, South Carolina. The story of the Topper dig site has gained international attention, since it challenges previously established notions of when humans first arrived in the Western Hemisphere.

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They Were Here: Ice Age Humans In SC, Part 1
They Were Here: Ice Age Humans In SC, Part 1

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Archaeologists from the University of South Carolina’s Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology made a key discovery: ancient stone tools indicating that Ice Age humans lived here in South Carolina...
They Were Here: Ice Age Humans In SC, Part 2
They Were Here: Ice Age Humans In SC, Part 2

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The archaeologists from the University of South Carolina conduct experiments to better understand how these ancient tools were made and functioned. Artifacts at the site must not only be found, but...
They Were Here: Ice Age Humans In SC, Part 3
They Were Here: Ice Age Humans In SC, Part 3

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Volunteers are crucial to these archaeological dig sites; they not only donate time and money for research, but also get the opportunity to work alongside nationally recognized scientists and experts.
They Were Here: Ice Age Humans In SC, Part 4
They Were Here: Ice Age Humans In SC, Part 4

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The Topper Site discovery is the latest example illustrating the controversy that exists in American archaeology today – concerning when and how did man first arrive in the Western hemisphere?
They Were Here: Ice Age Humans In SC, Part 5
They Were Here: Ice Age Humans In SC, Part 5

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Host Jim Welch speaks with Dr. Albert Goodyear of the University of South Carolina’s Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, and Dr. Dennis Stanford of the Smithsonian Institution. Here, they...