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Dig it! Volunteers can sign up to excavate at Topper site
Times and Democrat ^ | Thursday, April 5, 2012 | Albert Goodyear (probably)

Posted on 04/08/2012 6:08:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

The University of South Carolina is accepting registrations from volunteers to help excavate archaeological sites along the Savannah River April 30-June 2.

The expedition will be led by archaeologist Albert Goodyear, whose discoveries at the Topper site in Allendale County have captured international media attention.

Volunteers will learn excavation techniques and how to identify Clovis and pre-Clovis artifacts in several prehistoric chert quarries. This year, some volunteers may also be involved in the excavation of a nearby Paleoamerican site known as the Charles site.

The cost is $488 per week ($400 is tax-deductible) and includes evening lectures and programs, lunch and evening meals, a workbook and a T-shirt. Lodging, which is not included in the fee, is available at a nearby campsite or in motels 30 minutes from the dig sites.

A $60 deposit is required, payable to the USC Educational Foundation and mailed to Albert Goodyear, S.C. Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, 1321 Pendleton St., Columbia, SC 29208. Volunteers can register online or by calling 803-576-6579.

Goodyear's search for a pre-Clovis culture -- ice age man in South Carolina -- began in Allendale County in 1998 when he found artifacts that dated back 16,000 years. In May 2004, volunteers excavating the site were part of a monumental discovery. Pre-Clovis artifacts found in the Pleistocene terrace soil, some four meters (12-13 feet) below the ground surface, were radiocarbon-dated to be at least 50,000 years old, which placed humans in North America long before the last ice age.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: albertgoodyear; algoodyear; archaeology; godsgravesglyphs; topper

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1 posted on 04/08/2012 6:08:08 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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Archaeologica's latest entries:
April 5th to 7th, 2012 Edition-Sorry for the delay in the news.....a broken hand is hard to type with!

2 posted on 04/08/2012 6:10:14 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
One of those "What did you do on *your* vacation" pings.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


3 posted on 04/08/2012 6:10:46 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

The Topper site is one a hill above the Savannah River, which sweeps past a hilltop containing a large, exposed chert outcrop. Chert is a sedimentary rock that flakes easily and can be worked to produce tools such as knives, arrows, axes and blades.


4 posted on 04/08/2012 6:16:02 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono

Thanks JPB.


5 posted on 04/08/2012 6:18:13 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
Topper is only about 3 hours from me.
I don't think I can let this opportunity go by.
I've been surface-hunting all my life, but I've always wanted to dig.
6 posted on 04/08/2012 6:24:01 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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To: SunkenCiv

The U of Texas had a long ongoing dig in Central America on Mayan sites, back when the archeology department was among the leaders in deciphering Mayan glyphs.

They took volunteers who could devote a summer for the dig. I always wanted to go but somehow never could find the time.

Or maybe I was afraid of snakes.


7 posted on 04/08/2012 6:41:13 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping to remind myself


8 posted on 04/08/2012 6:55:11 AM PDT by Eldon Tyrell
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South Carolina
Ping

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9 posted on 04/08/2012 7:00:42 AM PDT by upchuck (Need is not an acceptable lifestyle choice; dependent is not a career. ~ Dr. Tim Nerenz)
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To: JoeProBono
How much they gonna pay me?

Oh, and I have explosive diarreah and might need to crap in the pits every few minutes.

10 posted on 04/08/2012 7:00:50 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: Lazamataz

Consequences of indiscriminate hitting.


11 posted on 04/08/2012 7:04:37 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: Dr. Sivana
No, I live a consequence-free life.

Let's snuggle.

12 posted on 04/08/2012 7:06:25 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Shut up and drill.)
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To: Lazamataz


13 posted on 04/08/2012 7:16:29 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas gerit ;-{)
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To: wildbill

A family member did that program, he had a blast, he also had absolutely no archaeological training. He ended up drinking and smoking with the nearby Mennonite teens every night and was the guy who clear cut new excavation areas for his small team.

They found an amazing 4 foot tall , 2 foot wide stella...

and more feral lances than you could imagine.


14 posted on 04/08/2012 8:12:33 AM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: Lazamataz
"How much they gonna pay me?"

"Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness."

15 posted on 04/08/2012 8:18:51 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: ComputerGuy

If you go (and I totally agree that you should if you can!) then PLEASE post an action report for the rest of us! :o)


16 posted on 04/08/2012 9:05:49 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert (If you back Newt . . . then SEND HIM MONEY!! "Be Breitbart, Baby!")
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert; ComputerGuy

Agreed - let us know what it was like.


17 posted on 04/08/2012 2:15:39 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: JerseyHighlander

I think you meant fer-de-lances, a very deadly viper.

Speaking of finding a stela, I was down in Cozumel many years ago and we had rented some motorscooters. Went into the jungle alongside the road to answer a call of nature and stumbled over a small stela covered with vines that looked as though it hadn’t been seen since before the Spanish conquest.

There are so many undisturbed Maya ruins in Southern Mexico and Central America that universities and governments can’t even begin to find enough money and archeologists to discover and protect them.


18 posted on 04/09/2012 8:01:44 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: wildbill

“Why did it have to be snakes?”


19 posted on 04/09/2012 7:30:01 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Eldon Tyrell

Planning to go? Excellent!

Great nick’ too, btw, in case I’d never mentioned it.


20 posted on 04/09/2012 7:30:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: upchuck

Thanks upchuck!


21 posted on 04/09/2012 7:30:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: JerseyHighlander; wildbill

Stela! Stela!!!


22 posted on 04/09/2012 7:31:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: ComputerGuy; Hetty_Fauxvert; SuzyQue

I third what Hetty_Fauxvert and SuzyQue said.


23 posted on 04/09/2012 7:31:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

If one has the time to do this it would be so cool. Hopefully I can clear a couple of weeks for this.


24 posted on 04/09/2012 7:46:22 PM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: Captain Beyond

It’s an interesting approach — the participants fund needed activities, bypassing the need for grants, which are often difficult to find, at best.


25 posted on 04/09/2012 8:43:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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