Fig Island

Fig Island

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Fig Island

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Fig Island, also known as 38CH42, is an archaeological site on the south Atlantic Coast of South Carolina. Although it is one of the most complex shell-ring sites in North America, it is definitely not one of the largest.

Within Fig Island are three separate shell-rings appropriately named Fig Island 1, Fig Island 2, and Fig Island 3. These three rings spread over as many as 50,000 square metres.

Fig Island 1 is the biggest shell-ring of the three at 157 m long, 111 m wide, and 5.5 m tall. Within this ring lies at least two small structures referred to as "plazas."

Fig Island 2 is appropriately the second largest shell-ring of the three at 77 m in diameter and about 2.5m tall. It is the most circular of the three rings, but is still quite asymmetrical.

The smallest shell-ring on Fig Island is Fig Island 3. It measures at a maximum of 50 m and is connected with 2 by a causeway of shells.

On March 29, 2007, Fig Island was designated a National Historic Landmark.


External links

  • , at South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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