Viva La Belle: Reconstructing La Salle's Ship.

Spring 2015 is Here

The recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, Spring 2015 , is now available. COVER: Peter Fix (foreground) and Jim Bruseth reassemble the hull timbers of La Belle, the ship of the French explorer Robert Cavelier, Sier...
The excavation of La Belle took place inside a steel cofferdam with the seawater removed.

Vive La Belle: Reconstructing La Salle’s Ship

Spring 2015: Vive La Belle, By Elizabeth Lunday. In the spring of 1684, a team labored to assemble a ship in the port town of Rochefort in southwest France. They fastened timbers using iron bolts and...
Petroglyph in northern New Mexico shows an anthropomorphic figure with headdress and recurved bow. It is believed that the image was carved sometime between 16th and 18th centuries.

From Atlatls To Arrows

Spring 2015: From Atlatls To Arrows, By Mike Toner. For thousands of years, North America’s ancient people relied on an ingenious spear-throwing device called the atlatl to hunt game and wage war. Then they discovered, and...
Archaeologists Steve Copeland and Caitlin Sommer document features on the floor of the great kiva.

Searching For The Origins Of Pueblo Culture

Spring 2015: Searching For The Origins Of Pueblo Culture By Tamara Stewart. Dirt flies as archaeologists Caitlin Sommer and Steve Copeland, along with many volunteers, search for the hearth in the Dillard site’s great kiva. Since...
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...

Book Review- Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble

Lives in Ruins:  Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble By Marilyn Johnson (Harper Collins, 2014; 288 pgs., illus., $26 cloth, $10 ebook; www.harpercollins.com) Author Marilyn Johnson assumes that everyone in the sandbox wanted to grow...

Book Review- The Archaeology of Smoking and Tobacco

The Archaeology of Smoking and Tobacco By Georgia L. Fox (University Press of Florida, 2015; 192 pgs., illus., $70 cloth; www.upf.com) Nothing in the material culture of the Americas is more ubiquitous than tobacco.  From the times...
Archaeologist Robert Carr sets PVC pipes into postholes at the Miami Midden 1 site. Carr and his colleagues use the pipes, which they ring with baseball chalk, to emphasize the cite's circular and linear features for photographic documentation.

Fall 2014

The recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, Fall 2014, is now available. Cover Photo: Archaeologist Robert Carr sets PVC pipes into postholes at the Miami Midden 1 site. Carr and his colleagues use the pipes,...
Archaeologists uncovering postholes on the surface of the bedrock at the METsquare lot.

An Echo of the Miami Circle

Fall 2014 An Echo of the Miami Circle By Michael Bawaya Over the course of approximately two years a vacant lot in the heart of downtown Miami will be transformed into METsquare, an atrium-style complex. METsquare,...
his 14,340-year-old coprolite containing ancient human DNA was recovered from a feature in Paisley Cave 5.

Is it Really Pre-Clovis?

Fall 2014 Is It Really Pre-Clovis? By Julian Smith The first prehistoric artifacts at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter site in southwestern Pennsylvania turned up in a groundhog burrow in 1955. When Jim Adovasio began his decades-long investigation...