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Radiocarbon tests of carbonized plant remains where artifacts were unearthed last May along the Savannah River in Allendale County by University of South Carolina archaeologist Dr. Albert Goodyear indicate that the sediments containing these artifacts are at least 50,000 years old, meaning that humans inhabited North American long before the last ice age.

"The dates could actually be older," Goodyear says. "Fifty-thousand should be a minimum age since there may be little detectable activity left."

The dawn of modern homo sapiens occurred in Africa between 60,000 and 80,000 years ago. Evidence of modern man's migration out of the African continent has been documented in Australia and Central Asia at 50,000 years and in Europe at 40,000 years. The fact that humans could have been in North America at or near the same time is expected to spark debate among archaeologists worldwide, raising new questions on the origin and migration of the human species.

Last May, Goodyear dug even deeper to see whether man's existence extended further back in time. Using a backhoe and hand excavations, Goodyear's team dug through the Pleistocene terrace soil, some 4 meters below the ground surface. Goodyear found a number of artifacts similar to the pre-Clovis forms he has excavated in recent years.


"Three radiocarbon dates were obtained from deep in the terrace at Topper with two dates of 50,300 and 51,700 on burnt plant remains. One modern date related to an intrusion," Stafford says. "The two 50,000 dates indicate that they are at least 50,300 years. The absolute age is not known."


The revelation of an even older date for Topper is expected to heighten speculation about when man got to the Western Hemisphere and add to the debate over other pre-Clovis sites in the Eastern United States such as Meadowcroft Rockshelter, Pa., and Cactus Hill, Va.


Radiocarbon dating report indicates that artifacts excavated from Pleistocene terrace in May were recovered from soil that dates some 50,000 years. The dates imply an even earlier human presence in this hemisphere than previously believed, well before the last ice age.
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Dr. Al Goodyear examining artifacts in the terrace. Credit: Photo courtesy of University of South Carolina

Responses to "New Evidence Puts Man In North America 50,000 Years Ago"

  1. Sara says:

    And the dates will continue to get earlier and earlier...

  2. http://www.dailymedia.info/40000-year-old-bracelet-made-by-extinct-human-species-found/

  3. Humans as a species like to wander around. Just because there isn't any "written" evidence so someone passing through a valley doesn't mean they didn't. I am sure the ancestors traveled all around the globe in the ancient past. The archaeologists will keep finding more surprises as time goes on.

  4. Dreamokwa says:

    Le temps fait son oeuvre et des révélations qui vont vivement chambouler les origines des peuples d'Amérique.

  5. Our native side of the story will one day realized by all sciences. It's their ignorance and superiority that gets in the way. . . Just think of all the great that could have come from the truth. - Joseph Horse (Oglala Lakota)

  6. Our native side of the story will one day realized by all sciences. It's their ignorance and superiority that gets in the way. . . Just think of all the great that could have come from the truth. - Joseph Horse (Oglala Lakota)

  7. Anonymous says:

    We've been here just as europeans been over there..

  8. Lenape stories go back at least 40,000 years, to the time of the giants.

  9. Anonymous says:

    To find artefacts of humans in the sediments which are dated 50000 years BC is not a proove for human presence at this time. The question is how the artefacts came to this level of ground. Maybe the artefacts have been dug 3 or 6 feet deep into the earth by humans 30000 years later during a funeral or offering.

  10. Wish to thank Al for his great work over the years at Topper. We are always on a quest. Adjacent to the Topper area and in the middle of the state in southern Lexington County there is a cluster of sites, Peachtree Rock, the Village at Black Creeks, the Narrows and the ancient meeting place of The Indian Head at Big Pond Branch. Archaeologists associated with USC and other universities have dated these places conservatively at 10,000 BP but interesting things are being found now at about 9' below.... What is interesting is that in the 1700s Native Americans and George Washington and other politicos like William Bull of South Carolina worked together to preserve this place that was an ancestral place to the Creeks... Mvto MJ

  11. Anonymous says:

    That peoples were in South America 30000-50000 yrs ago has been presented time and time again by a small groups of researchers but the main camp would not budge off of the Bering Strait hypothesis

  12. Anonymous says:

    And how will the ancient astronaut theorists explain this now?

  13. Monteen says:

    In other words, we are but mere piss ants on the cosmic radar screen...

  14. Andy says:

    They need to link "burnt plant remains" to humans. Forest fires happened all the time.

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