Allendale, a small town of 3,910 people may be home to the earliest recognizable cultural group to live in the Americas. Located near Savannah River, it is the site of one of the most controversial archaeological digs in North America.

The Topper site produced evidence of human presence in North America over 16,000 years ago, 3,000 years before the accepted theory that humans were not here until 13,000 years before modern times

Archaeologists now believe that people were living in the Allendale area before the last ice age, more than 20,000 years ago and perhaps even dating back to 50,000 years. Today’s locals are privy to one of the most exciting excavations in the country and can volunteer to participate!

Where to Visit:

South Carolina State Parks:Rivers Bridge State Historic Site
(South Carolina State Parks)

Where to Read More About It:

Allendale County

Last Modified: Tuesday November 12, 2019 3:49 PM