“The archaeological record is static. You look over there, we’ve got artifacts in the ground - a piece of pottery, a piece of stone - but what do they mean? We see the artifact but we do not recover the behavior…Behavior does not become fossilized and enter the archaeological record.”
- Chris Judge, Archaeologist - USC Lancaster
Every March, the Kolb Site’s “Public Day” invites the community to take part in an ongoing archaeological excavation near Cheraw, South Carolina. A “Hardaway Point” (spear point or projectile) found at the site dates back to the end of the Paleo-indian era nearly 11,000 years ago. The Pleistocene Epoch (2.5 million - 12,000 BCE) ended in a period of global warming and the gradual extinction of megafauna such as wooly mammoths, giant beavers, and glyptodons. Humans, their tools, and lifestyles adapted to changes in climate, flora, and fauna. Artifacts such as those found at the Kolb Site provide evidence of such changes and inform the greater archaeological record of human life on earth.
The Kolb Site is not only remarkable for its earliest artifacts. Material evidence of human life through the Colonial era, and into the antebellum period has been recovered at the Kolb Site. “Public Day” creates awareness for the archaeological process and its ability to help reconstruct the lifestyle of humans living in the Pee Dee over thousands of years.
Visit: Kolb Site Public Day