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...

Remembering The Battle Of Blair Mountain | American Archaeology

By James Stout | On the morning of August 30th, 1921, John Wilburn set off up Blair Mountain, in West Virginia, with two of his sons and a group of seventy or so miners. Earlier...
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...

Ancient Writing | American Archaeology

Archaeologist Stephen D. Houston of Brown University published a paper in 2006 arguing that a Maya tablet found in Veracruz, Mexico is ”an unambiguous example of writing,” a conclusion that since has been generally...
An artist’s depiction of the Hohokam gathered at one of their ballcourts. Credit: Artwork by Rob Ciaccio, Courtesy Archaeology Southwest.

The Mystery Of Hohokam Ballcourts

Spring 2018: By Alexandra Witze. From the Olmec to the Maya to the Aztec, ballgames were one of the defining activities of Mesoamerican cultures. Beginning some time before 1200 B.C., competitors kicked and whacked rubber...
A petroglyph near the site of Las Crucitas, Honduras that Chris Begley believes may represent a feathered serpent. Credit Chris Begley.

A Lost City Found?

Summer 2015: By Charles C. Poling On March 2, 2015, a news story on the National Geographic website announced the discovery of an ancient “lost city” that was once inhabited by a mysterious culture in the...

SPRING 2019 PREVIEW | A Glimpse Of The First Americans

The following is an excerpt from the Spring 2019 Issue of American Archaeology Magazine.  By David Malakoff COVER IMAGE:  A researcher works at Trail Creek Cave 2 in Alaska, where DNA was extracted from the tooth of...

Winter 2015 is Here!

The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, WINTER 2015 , is now available. COVER: Researchers stabilize a drill in preparation of coring an ice patch. They core the patches to see their internal structures,...
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...

American Archaeology’s Ten Most Interesting Articles Of 2017

As editor, I chose these amazing archaeology stories from the pages of American Archaeology magazine because each of them stood out for 2017 in some way—from the highly-disputed contention that humans occupied southern California...