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Summer 2015 is Here

The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, Summer 2015 , is now available. COVER: San Francisco de Asís’ modest 18th-century adobe church features this spectacular altar. Credit: Rubén G. Mendoza Unearthing Magic of Slaves and Immigrants Visiting California’s...
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...
Spanish glass Beads were popular trade items with Native Americans.

Searching for de Soto

Fall 2014 Searching for de Soto By Kristin Ohlson: The Atlanta high school girl was in the middle of a solitary stint at the sifting screen, while archaeologist Dennis Blanton and the rest of...
Archaeologists, students, and volunteers document hearths and posts associated with structures that once stood on the southern edge of the Fox Farm village. Credit Art Dickinson.

The Mystery Of The Fort Ancient Transformation

Summer 2016: By Linda Vaccariello.  On a bright and breezy spring day, when the majority of his University of Kentucky colleagues were focused on the finale of the college basketball season, archaeologist David Pollack was...

SPRING 2019 PREVIEW | Righting Wrongs At Effigy Mounds

The following is an excerpt from the Spring 2019 Issue of American Archaeology Magazine.  By Julian Smith COVER IMAGE: Effigy Mounds’ officials bought so many new pieces of construction equipment that a shed was built to hold...
It’s generally accepted that the Norse established a settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows around A.D. 1000. L’Anse aux Meadows is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features costumed interpreters. Credit: DALE WILSON © PARKS CANADA

Searching For Vikings

Fall 2018: By David Malakoff. In the fall of 1965, a select group of people received an ornate and mysterious invitation. Please come, it said, to a black-tie ceremony at Yale University’s Beinecke Library in...
An ancient granary is one of the region’s numerous archaeological sites. Credit: Josh Ewing.

The Bears Ears Controversy

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...

American Archaeology Magazine: 10 Most Interesting Stories Of 2015

American Archaeology Magazines' Top 10 Articles Of 2015 The end of the year is a time for, among other things, top 10 lists. Here, in no particular order, is my list of the 10 most...
American Archaeology 2016 Spring cover

Spring 2016 is Here!

The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, SPRING 2016, is now available. COVER: A kiva (foreground) and the remains of an 18th-century Spanish mission church (background) are seen in this photo of Pecos National...
An extensive panel of indigenous iconography. These finger-drawn designs span the entire ceiling of this chamber in Cave 18. The motifs and designs reflect the spiritual belief systems of the indigenous population. Credit: Photos by Jago Cooper and Alice Samson.

Comity In The Caves of Mona Island

SUMMER 2017: By Julian Smith. When Christopher Columbus visited the Isla de Mona, located halfway between Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, in 1494, he found its indigenous residents fishing and farming, part of a thriving Taíno...