Archaeologists David Sandrock and Bo Nelson clean the bottom of an excavation unit. The lines scratched into the unit wall help show different layers in the sediments. Credit: Michael Amador, TxDOT

The Road To Prehistory

Winter 2015: By Elizabeth Lunday. U.S. Highway 175 emerges from the sprawl of Dallas, shaking off the suburbs as it stretches southeast. Just beyond the city of Athens, this four-lane highway narrows to two lanes....
Pueblo Bonito is Chaco Canyon’s largest great house. A number of macaws, which are thought to have been imported from Mesoamerica by Chaco’s upper class, were found here. Credit: Chaz Evans.

Chaco’s Upper Class

2015: By Charles C. Poling. Chaco Canyon has puzzled and intrigued archaeologists for almost 120 years. Despite the abundance of archaeological remains, scholars know relatively little about the people who lived there, including when they...
Oregon State University field school students excavate Western Stemmed Tradition items from deposits

Did The Clovis People Have Neighbors?

2015: By Marcia Hill Gossard. Loren Davis was standing with a historic photo in his hand looking at the south side of a canyon along the Salmon River in western Idaho. He was trying to...
These fragments of German stoneware tankards were discovered in the stone-walled cellar. They date to the early-to-mid 1700s.Credit: Neill De Paoli .

Life On The Northern Frontier

2015: By Wayne Curtis. A few yards from an immaculately-maintained late-18th-century Georgian house in southern Maine is an equally immaculate hole in the ground, its edges as precise as if cut with a miter saw....
Craig Lee (left) and his colleagues Jay Kyne and Ben Woods start to drill an ice core. This is the only invasive technique the researchers employ. Photo INSTAAR/ Jennie Borresen Lee.

Archaeology In The Ice Patches

2015: By Tamara Stewart.  In 2007, archaeologist Craig Lee recovered an incredibly preserved, delicately carved birch spear-throwing foreshaft from a melting ice patch north of Yellowstone National Park. The 10,300-year-old shaft, which Paleo-Indian people used...

Winter 2015 is Here!

The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, WINTER 2015 , is now available. COVER: Researchers stabilize a drill in preparation of coring an ice patch. They core the patches to see their internal structures,...

Sneak Peek: Did The Clovis People Have Neighbors?

Special Onsite Blog from the Field... Winter 2015 By Marcia Hill Gossard. The day begins early at the Cooper’s Ferry Field School to beat the heat. Temperatures this summer soared past 100 degrees in the...
Book Jacket of Beliefs and Rituals in Archaic Eastern North America

Book Review- Beliefs & Rituals in Archaic Eastern North America

Beliefs and Rituals in Archaic Eastern North America: An Interpretive Guide By Cheryl Claassen (University of Alabama Press, 2015; 408 pgs., illus., $60 cloth; www.uapress.ua.edu) Appalachian State University archaeologist Cheryl Claassen has produced this outstanding guide to...
Erebus’ bell was found at the site. The date 1845 is embossed near the top of the bell.

Investigating A Maritime Mystery

Fall 2015: By Tom Koppel  “That's it. That's it,” shouted underwater archaeologist Ryan Harris as the clear outline of a sunken ship suddenly came across his screen in September 2014. His crewmates in the wheelhouse...
A European gold-plated brass cover for a wheel lock pistol depicting Adam and Eve. Credit: Patrick hall

The Beginning Of Charleston

Fall 2015: By Gail Crouch. On a sultry spring day in the South Carolina Lowcountry, students from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, and their instructors work in an excavation unit at Charles Towne,...