The Topper Site (Private)/Topper Exhibit (Public)
USC Salkehatchie Campus Library Allendale
Allendale, S. C. 29810
The exhibit “Searching for our Beginnings: Public Archaeology at the Topper Site” features stone tools made by people long, long ago in a place very, very near. The research gets world-wide attention from scholars and the news media because it shows that people were in the America’s 50,000 years ago. That’s a radical idea because the prevailing opinion was that people first came to the Americas about 13,000 years ago.
Dr. Al Goodyear of the South Carolina Institute of Archeology and Anthropology at the University of South Carolina directed the research of the Topper Site. The site is on the bank of the Savannah River about 15 miles from the USC Salkehatchie Campus.
The exhibit at USC Salkehatchie is the first permanent display of artifacts from the Topper Site. The exhibit was prepared by the South Carolina Archeological Public Outreach Division under the direction of Dr. Goodyear in consultation with Dr. Ann Carmichael, then dean of USC Salkehatchie. The exhibit includes artifacts, explanatory posters, and a kiosk with interactive audio-visual presentations.
Two other display cases at the Salkehatchie Library contain prehistoric human tools, weapons, and dishes that have been found along the Savannah River. Although a few of these are from the Clovis time, most of them were made by American Indians within the past several thousand years.
Info summarized from University of South Carolina Salkehatchie- Librarian Dan Johnson