South Carolina Department of Archives and History
National Register Properties in South Carolina

Evy Kirkley Site, Chesterfield County (Restricted Site)
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Site Broken Pottery

The Evy Kirkley site is a well-preserved, multi-component prehistoric site on the ecologically rich “Fall Line” of the state. The site’s location in the states’ slate belt is particularly important. Prior to this survey, only six sites had been recorded in Chesterfield County; however, the discovery of this site led to the identification of new lithic raw materials that were utilized by prehistoric peoples. Information about prehistoric diet is also well preserved at the site and includes animal bone, shell and macrofossil remains. The integrity of the horizontal and vertical patterning is also high. Additionally, the use of the SYMAP computer graphics program along with standard analysis has shown that there is spatial patterning of artifact types across the site. SYMAP also indicates distributions of green volcanic slate debitage, a typical slate belt rock that was not identified prior to listing at this site. Because of extensive erosion resulting from eighteenth century agricultural techniques, few archaeological sites along the “Fall Line” between the piedmont and coastal plain retain the integrity exhibited at the Evy Kirkley site, thereby providing extensive educational opportunities regarding South Carolina’s early history. Listed in the National Register August 3, 1979.

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