An aerial photograph of Serpent Mound taken from a drone. The mound is a National Historic Landmark. Credit: Jarrod Burks.

The Serpent Mound Debate

Fall 2017: By David Malakoff. Anyone who has tried to catch a snake knows the reptiles are elusive. So it only seems appropriate that Serpent Mound, a twisting, quarter-mile long, three-foot-high earthwork in southern Ohio,...

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...
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...
Book Cover: Ancient Ruins and Rock Art of the Southwest by David Noble. Book Cover.

Book Review – Ancient Ruins and Rock Art of the Southwest

Ancient Ruins and Rock Art of the Southwest: An Archaeological Guide By David Grant Noble (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2015; 304 pgs., illus., $20 paper, $10 ebook; www.rowman.com) David Grant Noble has updated his essential guidebook to archaeological...
American Archaeology Magazine Fall 2016, featuring The Battle to Protect Bears. The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, SUMMER 2016, is now available. COVER: This is one of the numerous Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings found in the Bears Ears region. Many of these archaeological sites are unprotected. Credit: Alan Vandendriessche

American Archaeology Magazine Fall 2016 Is Here!

The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, FALL 2016, is now available. COVER: This is one of the numerous Ancestral Pueblo cliff dwellings found in the Bears Ears region. Many of these archaeological...
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...
These ceramic figurines were recovered from the site.

Ancient Urbanites

Winter 2014: Ancient Urbanites By Lizzie Wade  It was the rainy season in central Mexico and David Carballo was sweeping the stone floor, trying to clear away the dust before it had a chance to turn...
This LiDAR image of the center of Caracol reveals pyramids, plazas, agricultural terraces, roadways, and other features. Credit: COURTESY OF ARLEN AND DIANE CHASE, CARACOL ARCHAEOLOGICAL PROJECT, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS.

A Revolutionary Technology

Summer 2018: By Linda Vaccariello. Arlen Chase’s recent field season at Caracol, the large Maya site in western Belize that he and his wife, archaeologist Diane Zaino Chase, have been investigating for more than thirty...
Cherokee lifestyles and history are on display at Oconaluftee Indian Village. Credit: EBCI DESTINATION MARKETING

A Tour Of Western North Carolina’s Rich Archaeology & History

Summer 2018: By Andrea Cooper. We rounded a corner in the Rankin Museum of American Heritage in Ellerbe, North Carolina (population 986), when my husband burst out laughing with delight.  Behind glass cases is a...
Hale o Keawe Heiau, a temple in the Place of Refuge, is seen in the background. Credit NPS

Summer Travel: 5 Hidden National Park Gems

Summer 2016: By Tamara Stewart. This year is the National Park Service’s centennial, and in honor of that momentous  occasion we’ve selected 5 amazing National Park Gems that feature the vestiges of fascinating and often...