POINT 6 Logo Created by Artist Mathew Hanson-Weller featuring 6 hand drawn points.

The POINT-6 Emergency Preservation Program Begins

The Conservancy is excited to announce the launch of POINT-6, the sixth phase of an emergency acquisition project intended to purchase significant sites in immediate danger of destruction. The cultural remains of America’s prehistoric...

Book Review – Ancient Teotihuacan: Early Urbanism in Central Mexico

Ancient Teotihuacan: Early Urbanism in Central Mexico By George L. Cowgill (Cambridge University Press, 2015; 312 pgs., illus., $35 paper; www.cambridge.org)   Beginning in about 150 B.C., a great city developed in the fertile Teotihuacan (Nahuatl spelling) Valley...
This picture shows a platform mound that was uncovered by excavators with the Works Progress Administration in the late 1930s. That project uncovered evidence of a single palisade surrounding a Mississippian village. Recent investigations have revealed evidence of several more palisades, suggesting that the villagers could have felt threatened. Photo BY CHARLES H. NASH, 1938. WPA/TVA ARCHIVES, PRESENTED COURTESY OF MCCLUNG MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY AND CULTURE, THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE, KNOXVILLE. 120MG31/FHM01233.

A Tumultuous Time: On Ancient Hiwassee Island

Fall 2018: By Elizabeth Lunday. During the Great Depression, when the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) planned the construction of reservoirs along the Tennessee River, the agency recognized that archaeological sites in the region would be...
Book Jacket of Beliefs and Rituals in Archaic Eastern North America

Book Review- Beliefs & Rituals in Archaic Eastern North America

Beliefs and Rituals in Archaic Eastern North America: An Interpretive Guide By Cheryl Claassen (University of Alabama Press, 2015; 408 pgs., illus., $60 cloth; www.uapress.ua.edu) Appalachian State University archaeologist Cheryl Claassen has produced this outstanding guide to...

WINTER 2019 | A Glimpse of Early Agriculture

The following is an article excerpt from the Winter 2019 Issue of American Archaeology Magazine.  Become a member to subscribe and read the full story!  By Julian Smith Last summer and fall, drivers on Interstate 10...
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...
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...
Tourists look at artifacts on display inside the Alamo. Photo Courtesy: Reimagine the Alamo

Rediscovering The Alamo

Winter 2016: By Richard A. Marini. During a month-long investigation of the old Alamo mission in downtown San Antonio this past summer a team of archaeologists found a portion of a collapsed adobe brick wall....
LiDAR of the Carson Mound Site

Ready for Research

By Paula Neely Spring 2014: One day in 2007, the owner of a field that covers part of the 1,000-year-old Carson Mounds group in northwest Mississippi began leveling the land to improve its drainage. As...