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...
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...
On The Trail of Floridas Indian Heritage

On the Trail of Florida’s Indian Heritage

Summer 2014: Amid the theme parks and interstates, beachfront hotels and strip malls, remnants of ancient Florida remain. Native Americans lived in Florida as far back as 12,000 to 15,000 years ago, millennia before...
Rock Art Revelations

Rock Art Revelations?

Summer 2014: When Larry Loendorf decided to hunt for ancient rock art on the southern Great Plains, he went about it methodically. Loendorf, an archaeologist with Sacred Sites Research in Albuquerque, New Mexico, made...