The 2013 Allendale  
Paleoamerican Expedition


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TOPPER SITE EXHIBIT

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|Southeastern Paleoamerican Survey|The SCETV Topper Site DVD "Finding Clovis"|


Researching the presence of . . .
Ice Age Man in South Carolina at the Topper Site

The Topper Site Volunteers
The South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology
invites you to join them for the . . .
2013 ALLENDALE PALEOAMERICAN EXPEDITION
April 29th - June 1st, 2013


THE TOPPER SITE

The Topper Site Scientist 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.


Graver Spur 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 project!



CLOVIS EXCAVATIONS AT TOPPER 2005-2007
New! 2011 Article By D. Shane Miller New!

(Large PDF file may take several minutes to download)


2013 TOPPER EXPEDITION ON-LINE REGISTRATION

TOPPER SITE EXPEDITION INFORMATION PACKAGE

TOPPER SITE PUBLICATIONS & PRESS RELEASES

TOPPER SITE VIRTUAL MUSEUM

SOUTHEASTERN PALEOAMERICAN SURVEY

2005 CLOVIS IN THE SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

PALEOINDIAN DATABASE OF THE AMERICA'S   PIDBA

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 students.

2009 Big Pine Tree Site Dredging OperationThe 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 Carolina.
 

  • Free Camping with Hot Showers - (Check-in begins at noon on Sunday)
  • Evening meals provided M-F and Lunch M-Sat
  • Evening Educational Programs
  • T-shirt and Book
  • Motels within 30 minutes

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 and Anthropology
University of South Carolina
1321 Pendleton St.,  Columbia, SC 29208
803-777-8170 -  Email: goodyear@sc.edu
(Make checks and money orders payable to USC Ed. Foundation, Allendale.Balance must be received between January 2nd, and April 15th)

Registration questions should be directed to Tom Pertierra at 850-342-3422
Email:  
sepaleo@archaeologynet.org

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.



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