American Archaeology Magazine winter 2017 is Here!

American Archaeology Magazine Winter 2017 is Here!

The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, WINTER 2017, is now available! COVER: Shumla researchers Jerod Roberts (on ladder) and Karen Steelman use a portable x-ray fluorescence instrument to identify the elemental composition...
AA winter 2016-17 Cover. Rediscovering the Alamo

American Archaeology Magazine Winter 2016 is Here!

The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, WINTER 2016, is now available! COVER: A researcher operates a ground-penetrating radar machine at the Alamo in search of buried artifacts and features. Credit: Reimagine The...
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....
Pueblo Bonito is Chaco Canyon’s largest great house. A number of macaws, which are thought to have been imported from Mesoamerica by Chaco’s upper class, were found here. Credit: Chaz Evans.

Chaco’s Upper Class

2015: By Charles C. Poling. Chaco Canyon has puzzled and intrigued archaeologists for almost 120 years. Despite the abundance of archaeological remains, scholars know relatively little about the people who lived there, including when they...
A drone captured its own shadow while photographing a large petroglyph boulder in northeast Arizona. Credit: Rupestrian CyberServices

Here Come The Drones

Fall 2015: By David Malakoff. When Mike Searcy is in the field, he likes to get a bird’s-eye picture of his study area. “That means I’m teetering on top of a ladder or climbing up...
An extensive panel of indigenous iconography. These finger-drawn designs span the entire ceiling of this chamber in Cave 18. The motifs and designs reflect the spiritual belief systems of the indigenous population. Credit: Photos by Jago Cooper and Alice Samson.

Comity In The Caves of Mona Island

SUMMER 2017: By Julian Smith. When Christopher Columbus visited the Isla de Mona, located halfway between Puerto Rico and Hispaniola, in 1494, he found its indigenous residents fishing and farming, part of a thriving Taíno...

Summer Travel | American Archaeology

Editor’s note: This travel article was planned before the outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States. If you’re considering visiting any of the Conservancy’s preserves, please consult the regulations of the states the preserves...

SPRING 2020 | A Zest For Maya Archaeology

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 Tamara Jager Stewart With the passing of Michael Coe at...
Corey Village and the Cayuga World, Book Cover.

Book Review – Corey Village and the Cayuga World: Implications from Archaeology and...

Corey Village and the Cayuga World:  Implications from Archaeology and Beyond Edited by Jack Rossen (Syracuse University Press, 2015; 388 pgs., illus., $40 cloth; SyracuseUniversityPress.syr.edu) The Iroquois, or Haudenosaunee, originally consisted of five tribes—the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga,...
Cliff Palace is the largest alcove habitation in Mesa Verde National Park. One of its 23 kivas has a beam that was dated to a.d. 1280, marking it as one of the last sites in the region to be abandoned.

Grappling With A Great Mystery

Summer 2015: By David Malakoff It had seemed like a good idea at the time. In the spring of A.D. 1250, you and your new spouse decided to move away from the hamlet where you were...