The Topper Site
The Topper site, located on the Savannah River near Allendale, South Carolina, lies one of the most
remarkable Paleoindian sites ever found in the Southeastern United States, with well-preserved remains
dating from the present back to upwards of 13,000 calendar years before the present. The Clovis
remains from the site, from ca 13,250 years to 12,850 calendar years BP, are among the densest ever
found in North America. Named after the local man who discovered it, the Topper site was once the
location of an ancient quarry, a kind of prehistoric workshop, where people came thousands of years
ago to make weapons and stone tools. For archaeologist, the site provides a wealth of material left
behind by the Clovis people. Known for their distinctive stone spear points, the Clovis people are
commonly thought to be the first to inhabit North America around 13,000 years ago.