FALL 2019 | Recovering from the Ashes

The following is an article excerpt from the Fall 2019 Issue of American Archaeology Magazine.  Become a member to subscribe and read the full story!  By Gayle Keck Jasper, a border collie with a mottled black,...
Carved stone slabs from a building on Monte Albán’s Main Plaza show people performing autosacrifice and invoking their ancestors. Credit: Arthur Joyce.

A Tale Of Two Cities: Religion In Ancient Mexico

Fall 2016: By Kristin Ohlson. During the dry season, when they weren’t tending their crops, thousands of people left their villages in what is now the Río Verde Valley in the Mexican state of Oaxaca...
In consultation with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, archaeologists from the University of Florida, the National Park Service, and the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research teamed up in March of 2013 to salvage a 4,500-year-old cemetery of thirty-two individuals at McClamory Key.

A Tale Of Prehistoric Climate Change

Winter 2017: By Julian Smith. Florida, with an average elevation of six feet above sea level, tops the list of states at risk of flooding due to climate change. Over three-quarters of the Sunshine State’s...

SPRING 2020 | The Enduring Mystery Of Chichén Itzá

The following is an article excerpt from the Spring 2020 Issue of American Archaeology Magazine.  Become a member to subscribe and read the full story!  By Michael Bawaya Nelda Marengo Camacho lay on her stomach on...
Germán Ramírez Jiménez (left) excavates a brick inside a structure as Lane Fargher looks on. Credit: Lizzie Wade.

The Lost History Of Tlaxcallan

Winter 2017: By Lizzie Wade. Climbing up a hillside away from the heart of Tlaxcala, Mexico, it doesn’t take long to leave behind the well-maintained churches and immaculate plazas of this colonial city. The road...
COVER: Researchers carefully position a 3-D scanner on the fragile steps of Copán’s Hieroglyphic Stairway. The scans are used to reproduce the stairway. Credit: Barbara Fash

The 3D Past Reproduced

Spring 2018: By Elizabeth Lunday. In 1885, when British scholar Alfred Percival Maudslay and his wife Anne Cary Morris Maudslay first explored the ruins of the Maya city Copán, Morris Maudslay described the unexcavated site...
Sarah Anzick (in red jacket) places dirt in the grave of the Clovis-age child who was reburied in a public ceremony. Credit: Michael Waters, Center for the Study of the First Americans.

The Fates Of Very Ancient Remains

SUMMER 2017: By Mike Toner  To some Native Americans, the repatriation and reburial of very ancient human remains is simple justice. To many archaeologists and other scientists, it’s akin to reburying the Rosetta stone. “Every...
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SUMMER 2019 | Friends, Followers, And Retweets

The following is an article excerpt from the Summer 2019 Issue of American Archaeology Magazine.  Become a member to subscribe and read the full issue!  By Elizabeth Lunday More than a thousand years ago, women living...
A petroglyph near the site of Las Crucitas, Honduras that Chris Begley believes may represent a feathered serpent. Credit Chris Begley.

A Lost City Found?

Summer 2015: By Charles C. Poling On March 2, 2015, a news story on the National Geographic website announced the discovery of an ancient “lost city” that was once inhabited by a mysterious culture in the...

American Archaeology Magazine: 10 Most Interesting Stories Of 2015

American Archaeology Magazines' Top 10 Articles Of 2015 The end of the year is a time for, among other things, top 10 lists. Here, in no particular order, is my list of the 10 most...