, 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
- , at South Carolina Department of Archives and History