Living the Ancient Southwest Edited by David Grant Noble

Book Review: Living the Ancient Southwest

Living the Ancient Southwest Edited by David Grant Noble (School for Advanced Research Press, 2014; 200 pgs., illus., $60 cloth, $25 paper; www.sarpress.org) David Grant Noble has been writing and editing books about archaeology in the...
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...
COVER: Scientists who have studied the 8,500-year-old skeleton known as Kennewick Man have come to a number of conclusions about him. This sculpted bust, for example, is their interpretation of what he looked like.

Winter 2014

The recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, Winter 2014, is now available. COVER: Scientists who have studied the 8,500-year-old skeleton known as Kennewick Man have come to a number of conclusions about him. This sculpted bust, for...
Scientists who have studied the 8,500-year-old skeleton known as Kennewick Man have come to a number of conclusions about him. This sculpted bust, for example, is their interpretation of what he looked like. Credit: SutdioEIS

The Story of Kennewick Man

Winter 2014: The Story of Kennewick Man By David Malakoff On a warm July day in 1996, Will Thomas and Dave Deacy, two college kids, were watching some speedboat races on the Columbia River near Kennewick,...