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Woodland Period Occupations Along the Savannah River: An Update of the Late Prehistoric Investigations at the Topper Site (38AL23), Allendale, SC

Author(s): Amelia Jansen ; Martin Walker ; Heather Woods ; Alexander Craib ; Anita Lehew

Year: 2017

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Summary

The Topper Site (38AL23) is a multi-component prehistoric site located along the eastern bank of the Savannah River in South Carolina. The focus of ongoing University of Tennessee, Knoxville excavations at the Topper Site are the extensive Woodland and Mississippian occupations that have until recently gone unexamined. To date, two block excavations and a dispersed 1x1m unit survey have been completed to better define these later occupations. Excavations have also resulted in the mapping, excavation, and processing of 357 features representing possible pits, post-holes, and other signs of past human activity. Utilizing the open-source software QGIS, site-level distributional analyses of recovered materials and features, and regional-level comparisons have shed new light on the peoples inhabiting and utilizing the Savannah River and surrounding areas. This paper presents a synthesis of these analyses as well as highlights the unique artifacts and features that have been excavated and will discuss the future directions of the project.


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Woodland Period Occupations Along the Savannah River: An Update of the Late Prehistoric Investigations at the Topper Site (38AL23), Allendale, SC. Amelia Jansen, Martin Walker, Heather Woods, Alexander Craib, Anita Lehew. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430155)


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min long: -91.274; min lat: 24.847 ; max long: -72.642; max lat: 36.386 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16830

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America