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COVER: A feather bundle (upper right), a pair of tapestry-woven yucca sandals (below) and a woman’s yucca-cordage apron with human-hair waistcord are some of the artifacts researchers have reexcavated. Credit: Courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History cat. # H-13338; the Museum of Peoples and Cultures, Brigham Young University cat. #1992.30.1 and .2; the Field Museum of Natural History cat. #165246/Laurie Webster

The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, SPRING 2017, is now available! COVER: A feather bundle (upper right), a pair of tapestry-woven yucca sandals (below) and a woman’s yucca-cordage apron with human-hair waistcord are some...
COVER: A feather bundle (upper right), a pair of tapestry-woven yucca sandals (below) and a woman’s yucca-cordage apron with human-hair waistcord are some of the artifacts researchers have reexcavated. Credit: Courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History cat. # H-13338; the Museum of Peoples and Cultures, Brigham Young University cat. #1992.30.1 and .2; the Field Museum of Natural History cat. #165246/Laurie Webster

Spring 2017: By Wayne Curtis.  In the mid-1890s, a rancher and avid amateur archaeologist from southwest Colorado named Richard Wetherill stood accused of fabricating an entire culture. Digging for artifacts in and around newly discovered...
By around 1680, African American Maroons established communities on islands in the swamp. The woman pictured here is fashioning a tool while keeping an eye on her children. Credit: Carolyn Arcabascio

Spring 2017: By David Malakoff. “I sometimes ask myself why I didn’t do one of those projects where the dig is right next to the parking lot.” Archaeologist Becca Peixotto wasn’t complaining, but she sounded...
The researchers have found several clay figurines, most of which, like this example, depict women. These figurines have hollow areas, mouthpieces, and holes that enabled them to serve as whistles. They were primarily imported from Lubaantun and other inland sites. Credit: Heather McKillop.

Spring 2017: By Elizabeth Lunday. Salt is a substance so ordinary and inexpensive today that its ready supply is often taken for granted. Yet salt is essential: humans need salt to live and also crave...
Chinese crews lay track for the Central Pacific Railroad along the Humbolt Plains in Nevada in this historical photo. Credit: alfred hart / library of congress, LC-1s00618v

Spring 2017: By Julian Smith. On May 10, 1869, a crowd cheered as former California governor Leland Stanford hammered home a ceremonial golden spike at Promontory Point, Utah, marking the completion of the First Transcontinental...

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AA winter 2016-17 Cover. Rediscovering the Alamo

The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, WINTER 2016, is now available! COVER: A researcher operates a ground-penetrating radar machine at the Alamo in search of buried artifacts and features. Credit: Reimagine The...
Tourists look at artifacts on display inside the Alamo. Photo Courtesy: Reimagine the Alamo

Winter 2016: By Richard A. Marini. During a month-long investigation of the old Alamo mission in downtown San Antonio this past summer a team of archaeologists found a portion of a collapsed adobe brick wall....
Certain places in the South Mountains captured the attention of Hohokam artisans. Here, petroglyphs of various animal and human forms encircle a spring. The setting provides a panorama of the Salt River Valley, where dozens of Hohokam villages and hundreds of miles of hand-dug canals lie under the asphalt of metropolitan Phoenix.Photo credit: Paul Vanderveen

Winter 2016: By Mike Toner Residents of Phoenix long ago recognized something special about the rugged mountains that rise from the desert south of the city. In 1924, this area became one of the largest...
An artist’s depiction of Moundville sometime after A.D. 1200. By Steven Patricia.

Winter 2016: By Alexandra Witze. In the thirteenth century Moundville, just south of present-day Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was one of the Mississippian culture’s most impressive settlements. It was home to 1,000 or more people at its...
A diver holds a stone cannonball recovered from the Emanuel Point II shipwreck. Photo Credit: UWF Division of Anthropology and Archaeology.

Winter 16: By Tamara J. Stewart. Spanish nobleman don Tristán de Luna y Arellano set out from San Juan de Ulua, Veracruz, in 1559 to establish the first permanent European colony in what is now...
Archaeologist Tom Dillehay (in blue shirt and hat, standing) has directed excavations at Monte Verde in southern Chile for years. Recent research suggests the site could be more than 18,000 years old. Photo Credit: Kenneth Garrett.

Winter 16: By David Malakoff. Two decades ago, when molecular anthropologist Ripan Malhi was a graduate student studying the earliest human inhabitants of North America, he sometimes had to watch his tongue. Malhi and some...
Book Cover: The Africian Burial Ground in New York City, 2015. American Archaeology Magazine Book Review.

The African Burial Ground in New York City By Andrea E. Frohne (Syracuse University Press, 2015; 444 pgs., illus., $75 cloth, $50 paper; syracuseuniversitypress.syr.edu) In the late 1980s, the General Services Administration (GSA) made plans to build...
American Archaeology Magazine Fall 2016, featuring The Battle to Protect Bears. The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, SUMMER 2016, is now available. COVER: This is one of the numerous Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings found in the Bears Ears region. Many of these archaeological sites are unprotected. Credit: Alan Vandendriessche

The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, FALL 2016, is now available. COVER: This is one of the numerous Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings found in the Bears Ears region. Many of these archaeological...
An ancient granary is one of the region’s numerous archaeological sites. Credit: Josh Ewing.

Fall 2016: By Julian Smith. San Juan County covers almost 8,000 square miles of Utah’s southeast corner. It is the largest and the poorest county in the state, and about half of its 15,000 residents...
The crew excavates in an intertidal zone where the footprint features were found preserved beneath beach sands. Credit: Grant Callegari / Hakai Institute

Fall 2016: By Tom Koppel. “Footprints have raised ridges,” says Duncan McLaren, as he crouches and scrapes with his trowel at the bottom of the seaside pit. “Here, you can see what we think is...
Carved stone slabs from a building on Monte Albán’s Main Plaza show people performing autosacrifice and invoking their ancestors. Credit: Arthur Joyce.

Fall 2016: By Kristin Ohlson. During the dry season, when they weren’t tending their crops, thousands of people left their villages in what is now the Río Verde Valley in the Mexican state of Oaxaca...
Archaeologists excavate around and within Fort Raleigh’s reconstructed earthwork in 1990. CREDIT: Ira Block

Fall 2016: By Paula Neely. On a sunny day last April, several First Colony Foundation (FCF) archaeologists made their way carefully along a narrow stretch of sandy beach at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on...
A full-size, seaworthy replica of HMS Endeavour is based at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sidney. Credit: Australian National Maritime Museum.

Fall 2016: By Alexandra Witze. The bottom of Newport Harbor, Rhode Island, is a dim and murky place. Sunlight filtering through the seawater illuminates only five, maybe ten feet of the landscape ahead. But occasionally,...
Book Cover- The Pueblo Bonito Mounds of Chaco Canyon: Material Culture and Fauna Edited by Patricia L. Crown (University of New Mexico Press, 2016; 296 pgs., illus., $85 cloth; www.unmpress.com)

The Pueblo Bonito Mounds of Chaco Canyon: Material Culture and Fauna Edited by Patricia L. Crown (University of New Mexico Press, 2016; 296 pgs., illus., $85 cloth; www.unmpress.com) Pueblo Bonito is the largest and most famous of...

American Archaeology Magazine Summer 2016 is now available! COVER: This Late Classic (a.d. 750 - 850) jar likely contained perishable food that the Maya offered to their gods in hopes that the gods would...