Ancient remnants found on bank of Saluda River
And he knew the group working atop a bluff along the lower Saluda River was onto something special.
Over eight months, each shovelful of dirt revealed new finds — arrowheads, spear points, eating tools, pottery shards, dwelling posts, a hearth — with eventually more than 35,000 artifacts recovered.
Some items are estimated to be as much as 13,500 years old.
The site, about a mile below the Lake Murray dams, apparently was a longtime meeting and trading spot for migrant tribes, many of whose names and culture are unknown, local archaeologists say.
The finds — tools, eating implements and weapons, among other things — should provide multiple clues about ancient life, archaeologists say.
The site was discovered in 2006 as part of a federally required search of parcels with possible historic significance. That search was among the things required of South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. as part of a review of its lake operations.
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