- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The University of South Carolina is urging anyone who finds old animal fossils or artifacts after last month’s flooding to contact the school so the sites can be investigated.

The university said people have already found the fossilized remains of a mammoth, old barges and a dugout canoe in sites that were exposed as floodwaters eroded riverbanks across the state in early October.

State Underwater Archaeologist James Spirek says he expects to find other sites and would not be surprised if people find pottery from Native Americans or the remains of shipwrecks from long ago.

Spirek says it is critical to find these sites undisturbed so archaeologists can do their work and fully examine the artifacts.

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