SC DOT looking into possible 8,000-year-old site

LAKE CITY, S.C. (AP) - Investigators from the South Carolina Department of Transportation and archaeologists are trying to find out whether a site near Lake City contains human remains and artifacts from 8,000 years ago.

The Morning News of Florence ( ) reported Thursday that transportation department archaeologist Chad Long says the site was discovered two years ago. Long says the site is being studied to see if the deposits need protection.

Long says the transportation department is consulting with the Catawba Indian Nation and historic preservationists. He says the site was found during studies for the widening of Highway 378, but the dig work is not expected to cause a delay in the highway project.

Long says the investigation will take at least 10 more weeks. The site is closed to the public.

Information from: Morning News,

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