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,...
These ceramic figurines were recovered from the site.

Ancient Urbanites

Winter 2014: Ancient Urbanites By Lizzie Wade  It was the rainy season in central Mexico and David Carballo was sweeping the stone floor, trying to clear away the dust before it had a chance to turn...
Jarrod Trombley excavates sediments in the ancient ditch that marks the outer edge of the Great Circle.

A Hopewell Woodhenge

Winter 2014 A Hopewell Woodhenge By Dave Ghose Two excavators dug a long, narrow trench in the flat, vacant landscape. They were part of a small crew that worked quietly in an unremarkable patch of the...
Archaeologist Robert Carr sets PVC pipes into postholes at the Miami Midden 1 site. Carr and his colleagues use the pipes, which they ring with baseball chalk, to emphasize the cite's circular and linear features for photographic documentation.

Fall 2014

The recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, Fall 2014, is now available. Cover Photo: Archaeologist Robert Carr sets PVC pipes into postholes at the Miami Midden 1 site. Carr and his colleagues use the pipes,...
Archaeologists uncovering postholes on the surface of the bedrock at the METsquare lot.

An Echo of the Miami Circle

Fall 2014 An Echo of the Miami Circle By Michael Bawaya Over the course of approximately two years a vacant lot in the heart of downtown Miami will be transformed into METsquare, an atrium-style complex. METsquare,...
his 14,340-year-old coprolite containing ancient human DNA was recovered from a feature in Paisley Cave 5.

Is it Really Pre-Clovis?

Fall 2014 Is It Really Pre-Clovis? By Julian Smith The first prehistoric artifacts at the Meadowcroft Rockshelter site in southwestern Pennsylvania turned up in a groundhog burrow in 1955. When Jim Adovasio began his decades-long investigation...