COVER: A feather bundle (upper right), a pair of tapestry-woven yucca sandals (below) and a woman’s yucca-cordage apron with human-hair waistcord are some of the artifacts researchers have reexcavated. Credit: Courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History cat. # H-13338; the Museum of Peoples and Cultures, Brigham Young University cat. #1992.30.1 and .2; the Field Museum of Natural History cat. #165246/Laurie Webster

Reexcavating The Collections

Spring 2017: By Wayne Curtis.  In the mid-1890s, a rancher and avid amateur archaeologist from southwest Colorado named Richard Wetherill stood accused of fabricating an entire culture. Digging for artifacts in and around newly discovered...

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,...
A self portrait of Josiah Francis wearing a British officer’s uniform. The portrait was drawn in England in 1816, where Francis was living at the time. He later returned to the United States and was captured and executed by Gen. Andrew Jackson in 1818. Copyright The Trustees of the British Museum.

The Story Of Holy Ground: Investigating A Legendary Battle Site

Summer 2016: By Mike Toner. The newly exposed outline of a small cabin and the fire-hardened clay of a 200-year-old hearth bear mute testimony to what was, for a brief moment in time, the holy...
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...

Sneak Peek: Did The Clovis People Have Neighbors?

Special Onsite Blog from the Field... Winter 2015 By Marcia Hill Gossard. The day begins early at the Cooper’s Ferry Field School to beat the heat. Temperatures this summer soared past 100 degrees in the...
Book Cover: The Africian Burial Ground in New York City, 2015. American Archaeology Magazine Book Review.

Book Review – The African Burial Ground in New York City

The African Burial Ground in New York City By Andrea E. Frohne (Syracuse University Press, 2015; 444 pgs., illus., $75 cloth, $50 paper; syracuseuniversitypress.syr.edu) In the late 1980s, the General Services Administration (GSA) made plans to build...
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...

Sneak Peek: Saving An Ancient Library

Winter 2017 Sneak Peek By Richard A. Marini Hanging out with smart, talented people is one of the best parts of being a journalist. When they’re also fun to be with, it’s a bonus. That’s what...
Portland State University and Bureau of Land Management archaeologists work at Port Clarence, where frequent looting took place. Credit: Shelby Anderson

Artifacts For Sale

Spring 2016: By Julian Smith. When Shelby Anderson of Portland State University arrived at Port Clarence in western Alaska to conduct an archaeological survey in 2013, she was astonished at what she found. The narrow...
An artist’s depiction of Paleo-Indians at Wakulla Springs. The man on the left is working a mastodon tusk. Credit: Barbara Taillefer.

Of Mastodons And Men

Fall 2018: By Tamara Jager Stewart. For millennia, humans have flocked to the lush region now known as the Aucilla River drainage in north-central Florida. Some twenty miles to the west, an underground river emanates...