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...
Summer 2014 Cover Small

Summer 2014

The cover of past issue of American Archaeology Magazine, Summer 2014 Cover Photo: A Native American holds an elaborate pipe in this mid-19th century illustration by the noted artist Karl Bodmer. Photo Credit: Rare Books Division, The New...
Holy Smoke

Holy Smoke

Holy Smoke - By David Malakoff Summer 2014: When Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Cuba during his first voyage to the New World in 1492, he and his shipmates saw something that baffled them....
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...
LiDAR of the Carson Mound Site

Ready for Research

By Paula Neely Spring 2014: One day in 2007, the owner of a field that covers part of the 1,000-year-old Carson Mounds group in northwest Mississippi began leveling the land to improve its drainage. As...
examination of historic trade

An Examination of Historic Trade

By Julian Smith Spring 2014: Native North Americans had been using shell items for ornamental and ceremonial purposes for thousands of years before the Europeans arrived. In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, before...
threat of climate change American Archaeology article

The Threat of Climate Change

By Mike Toner Spring 2014: In the far corner of northwestern Alaska, archaeological deposits containing a record of 5,000 years of human habitation—ancient campsites of the Inupiaq people that have been preserved in the undulating...
American Archaeology Magazine, Spring 2014 Issue

American Archaeology Magazine Spring 2014 Issue

The recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, Spring 2014, is now available. Cover Photo: Numerous historic-period sites have yielded the kind of exquisite marine shell ornaments seen here. A recent study purports to have solved the...