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The crew excavates in an intertidal zone where the footprint features were found preserved beneath beach sands. Credit: Grant Callegari / Hakai Institute

Stepping Into The Past

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...
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.

A Story Of Salt: Ancient Maya Saltworks

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...
Gambling artifacts have been found at Chetro Ketl, a great house in Chaco Canyon. Credit: ANDREW KEARNS

When The Gambler Came To Chaco

Summer 2018: By Alexandra Witze. Navajo oral histories tell of a Great Gambler who had a profound effect on Chaco Canyon, the Ancestral Puebloan capital located in what is now northwestern New Mexico. His name...

SUMMER 2019 | Gone Missing

The following is an article from the Summer 2019 Issue of American Archaeology Magazine.  Become a member to subscribe and read the full issue!  By Wayne Curtis COVER IMAGE: 1978 Moundville excavation  |  Credit: Vin Steponaitis In...
Writer Linda Vaccariello takes notes while Assistant Professor Maureen Meyers shows U of Mississippi undergraduate Conor Foxworth and UM graduate student Emily Warner how to excavate part of the structure wall. The Mound is in the distance. Credit: Charlotte Smith

Sneak Peak: Covering the Mississippian Frontier at Carter Robinson

Fall 2017 Sneak Peek By Linda Vaccariello. The cell reception is pretty bad at Carter Robinson Mound and Village in Lee’s County, Virginia. Sometimes, if she’s lucky, Maureen Meyers can stand on the top of...
Objects from the Carroll House cache included shell discs, straight pins, buttons, two pierced coins, a tiny faceted glass bead, a smooth black stone, and large rock crystals. The collection was covered with an overturned pearlware bowl. Archaeology in Annapolis/ University of Maryland

Unearthing Magic of Slaves and Immigrants

Summer 2015: By Julian Smith In the late 17th century, Annapolis enjoyed a thriving economy as the capital of the Maryland colony. An average of at least 300 slaves were brought in every year between 1695...
Close-up of Rock Art Figure with Bow and Arrow from Horseshoe Canyon, Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Photo Courtesy David Sucec.

Spring 2015 Additional Images Online Gallery

Explore our newest online feature our additional Images gallery! Each Issue of American Archaeology Magazine we get way too many wonderful images to fit into the magazine. Now we have a chance to share...
AA winter 2016-17 Cover. Rediscovering the Alamo

American Archaeology Magazine Winter 2016 is Here!

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...
This portrait painted in 1710 shows the extensively tattooed Mohawk leader Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pleth Tow. Credit: Mezzotint by John Simon, after painting by John Verlest

Discovering The Archaeology Of Tattooing

Spring 2018: By Gayle Keck. In old Western movies, Indians were invariably depicted galloping into the scene whooping and streaked with war paint. At least one aspect of that cliché is true. Native Americans did...
Center Places and Cherokee Towns

Book Review – Center Places and Cherokee Towns: Archaeological Perspectives

Center Places and Cherokee Towns:  Archaeological Perspectives on Native American Architecture and Landscape in the Southern Appalachians By Christopher B. Rodning (University of Alabama Press, 2015; 272 pgs., illus., $60 cloth or ebook; www.uapress.ua.edu) Tulane University archaeologist...