A Proponent of Provocative Ideas | American Archaeology

By Tamara Jager Stewart | Cover Image: Stanford examines a bison bone found on the surface of Late Pleistocene-age peat deposits in southern Colorado in June, 2000. Credit: Pegi Jodry | Since the renowned Paleo-Indian archaeologist...

Changing Times | American Archaeology

By Julian Smith | When European explorers and missionaries began arriving in the Great Lakes region in the sixteenth century, they found groups including the Huron (also known as the Wendat) and Iroquois (also known...

A Tour Of The Effigy Mounds Of The Upper Midwest | American Archaeology

By Sara Millhouse | Native Americans built earthen mounds across much of the Eastern half of the United States, but effigy mounds are largely found in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. On this tour, you’ll...

Life After Dark | American Archaeology

By Zach Zorich | At sunset, when the light drains from a landscape, it forces a change in perspective that archaeologists have not often considered. How would the places and people they study have been...

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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...

The Purpose Of Archaeology | American Archaeology

By Elizabeth Lunday | Archaeologists study the past, but they live in the present—and 2021 is a particularly tumultuous present. Americans have endured political conflict, violence, protests, and a global pandemic. Multiple social justice movements...

The Search For Sarabay | American Archaeology

By Stephenie Livingston | The sparsely populated barrier island of Big Talbot looks much like it did when Europeans first met the local Mocama-speaking Timucua people nearly 450 years ago. Keith Ashley, a University of...

A New Take On Maryland’s Oldest City | American Archaeology

By David Malakoff | The nearly 400-year-old silver coin was, Stephanie Stevens recalled, “the most memorable artifact I’ve ever found.” Last fall, the young archaeologist was scooping dirt at a dig in St. Mary’s City, Maryland’s...

New Insights Into Mississippian Iconography | American Archaeology

By Gayle Keck | The twenty-first century is awash in symbols, from religious images to branding; from road signs to emojis. Now, imagine that we had no written language to add context or meaning to...