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Finding Menendez's Footprint
By Kelly Enright
One day in 1934, a gardener planting orange trees in the hot Florida sun churned up an unexpected find—a human skeleton. The body had been laid out with arms crossed over its chest in the typical Christian practice. He reported the discovery to the landowner, then state Senator William B. Fraser, who operated a tourist attraction on the site known as the Fountain of Youth. Fraser immediately contacted the Smithsonian Institution, hoping they would investigate. They did, ultimately uncovering a cemetery of more than 120 burials, and thus beginning excavations at the Fountain of Youth Park site, which is one of the longest on-going archaeological projects in the United States.
The Pompeii of The Americas
By Michael Bawaya
This particular find was unremarkable—"It’s probably a corn plant," Sheets said—but it’s the first discovery during this, his 21st season of field work, at Joya de Ceren (Jewel of Ceren), a World Heritage Site in southwest El Salvador that takes its name from the adjacent town. Approximately 1,400 years ago a nearby volcano known as Loma Caldera erupted, burying a small Maya farming village under layers of ash.
The Conservancy Preserves One of the Largest Known Fremont Sites in Utah
Through a fortuitous collaboration of agencies and organizations, the Conservancy has acquired Paragonah Mounds, a Fremont village in Utah’s Parowan Valley. Although, according to historical documents, the site had more than 400 mounds covering close to a square mile in the late 1800s, the largest remaining intact portion is a 12-acre site containing 28 mounds. Nonetheless, the site, which dates between a.d. 700 and 1300, is still one of the largest Fremont villages known in the state. While farming and residential development have destroyed much of the enormous site over the years, what remains is well preserved.
Fall 2013 issue of American Archaeology
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