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Native American Heritage
Historical and Cultural Sites

Catawba Indian Village
Catawba Indian Village

There are places across South Carolina that celebrate Native American heritage and are open to the public. But keep in mind that the removal of artifacts or the defacing of the sites is not only disrespectful, it is also illegal!

The Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) forbids the removal of archaeological artifacts from federal lands, and in South Carolina the unlawful entry "upon the lands of another or the posted lands of the state (to) investigate, disturb, or excavate a prehistoric or historic site for the purpose of discovering, uncovering, moving, removing, or attempting to remove an archaeological resource" is prohibited by state law (SC Code of Laws Section 16-11-780).

Catawba Cultural Center

Native American Studies Archive at the University of South Carolina – Lancaster

T.J. Blumer Collection at the University of South Carolina – Lancaster

South Carolina Rock Art Center at Hagood Mill

Catawba Indian Village Hut Group of Catawba's with artwork Catawba potter, 1908

Archaeological sites that are open (seasonal or limited) to the public:

Allendale Paleo Indian Site (Topper Site), Allendale County

Johannes Kolb Site, Mechanicsville, Darlington County

Kolb Site investigations   Santee Mound

Federal Lands with Native American Heritage:

Sewee Shell Ring in Francis Marion National Forest, Charleston County

Santee Indian Mound at Santee National Wildlife Refuge, Clarendon County

Ninety Six National Historic Site, Greenwood County

South Carolina State Parks with Native American Heritage:

Charles Towne Landing, Charleston County

Edisto Beach State Park, Charleston County

Oconee Station State Historic Site, Oconee County

Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area, Pickens County

Department of Natural Resources’ Heritage Preserves with Native American Heritage:

Altamaha Towne Heritage Preserve

Buzzard Island Heritage Preserve

Childsbury Towne Heritage Preserve

Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve

Daws Island Heritage Preserve

Greens Shell Enclosure Heritage Preserve

Nipper Creek Heritage Preserve

Pacolet River Heritage Preserve

South Bluff Heritage Preserve

Paleo Indian Period

Archaic Period

             Woodland Period