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Archaeologists Dennis Stanford (left) and Carolina's Al Goodyear inspect stone tools.
Archaeologists Dennis Stanford of the Smithsonian Institution (left) and Carolina's Al Goodyear inspect stone tools found at the Topper dig site.

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Stanford has been keenly interested in Goodyear’s pre-Clovis and Clovis findings, particularly for any similarities of Topper stone tools that may show a relationship to prehistoric sites found in Europe. He has theorized that ice-age man of Europe may have migrated to North America at a time when the continents were connected by ice.

Goodyear said the study of ancient man is really an investigation of ourselves.

“It’s not one time period,” Goodyear said. “It’s not one ethnic group. It’s not one country of origin. When you go back thousands of years, you’re really involved in the anthropology of our species. The story here -- at Topper -- is everybody’s story.”

Goodyear collaborates with many of the nation’s top archaeologists who study early-American occupations, including Dr. Mike Waters, geo-archaeologist and director of the Texas A&M’s Center for the Study of the First Americans, and Dr. David Anderson at the University of Tennessee. His Clovis research, which began in Allendale County in 1984, is conducted through the university’s South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology.

SCIAA, part of the College of the Arts and Sciences, was established in 1963 as a University of South Carolina research institute and a cultural resource-management agency for the state of South Carolina.

To learn more about Goodyear’s research at Topper, visit the Web site: For more information about SCIAA, visit the Web site – – or call 803-777-8170.

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