Volunteers are helping to uncover history at the Paleoamerican Expedition in Allendale County. Sponsored by the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, the expedition is excavating ancient archaeological sites associated with prehistoric chert quarries.
Traditional beliefs are that the first people arrived about 12,000 years ago (Clovis era) by foot, and were the ancestors of today's Native Americans.
Excavations in Allendale are yielding evidence that is giving credence to the theory that humans populated North American 3,000 years before previously thought.
Anyone interested in participating in this effort is eligible to register for one or more weeks of excavation during the season.
The exhibit, "Searching for Our Beginnings" at the University of South Carolina - Salkehatchie Library, is a year-round exhibition for guests who can't join in the expedition. Visitors may view artifacts from the Topper Site and read about evidence discovered there.
The Searching For Our Beginnings exhibit is free and open to the public during the librarys operating hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and 3 to 7 p.m. on Sunday.