South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
Nipper Creek Heritage Preserve
Property LocationColumbia, SC 29203
Latitude: 34.126 Longitude:-81.119
Property Type: Heritage Preserve - Cultural
NO Hunting Allowed on Property
Hours of Operation
Nipper Creek Heritage Preserve is only open for pre-arranged guided tours.
Located in Richland County, SC, this 90-acre archaeological preserve was occupied most heavily during the Archaic period, 8,000 B.C. to 2.000 B.C. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site's value lies in the stratified "layer cake" deposits, which produce information on past human lifestyles such as diet, technology, mobility and social organization.
The Nipper Creek site, owned and managed by the SC Department of Natural Resources, is interpreted by archaeologists as an "aggregation site," where mobile hunter/gatherer groups met on a yearly basis to find mates and share information about mobility and hunting strategies. These aggregations were normally conducted in winter when plant and animal resources were low.
Although the area was once one of the most heavily occupied archaeological sites in South Carolina, it is not aesthetically pleasing to the human eye because all of the information is buried underground.