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...
Book Cover: Ancient Ruins and Rock Art of the Southwest by David Noble. Book Cover.

Book Review – Ancient Ruins and Rock Art of the Southwest

Ancient Ruins and Rock Art of the Southwest: An Archaeological Guide By David Grant Noble (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2015; 304 pgs., illus., $20 paper, $10 ebook; www.rowman.com) David Grant Noble has updated his essential guidebook to archaeological...
Germán Ramírez Jiménez (left) excavates a brick inside a structure as Lane Fargher looks on. Credit: Lizzie Wade.

The Lost History Of Tlaxcallan

Winter 2017: By Lizzie Wade. Climbing up a hillside away from the heart of Tlaxcala, Mexico, it doesn’t take long to leave behind the well-maintained churches and immaculate plazas of this colonial city. The road...
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...
A Cahokia leader (center) greets the rising sun on top of Monks Mound with his priests and attendants around him in this artistic depiction of religious activities. Art by Michael Hampshire.

Religion And The Rise Of Cahokia

Spring 2016: By Alexandra Witze. Some 12 miles east of St. Louis in the midst of Looking Glass Prairie stands a ridge the height of a four-story building. Known as Emerald, it is a natural...
Archaeologists David Sandrock and Bo Nelson clean the bottom of an excavation unit. The lines scratched into the unit wall help show different layers in the sediments. Credit: Michael Amador, TxDOT

The Road To Prehistory

Winter 2015: By Elizabeth Lunday. U.S. Highway 175 emerges from the sprawl of Dallas, shaking off the suburbs as it stretches southeast. Just beyond the city of Athens, this four-lane highway narrows to two lanes....
Carved stone slabs from a building on Monte Albán’s Main Plaza show people performing autosacrifice and invoking their ancestors. Credit: Arthur Joyce.

A Tale Of Two Cities: Religion In Ancient Mexico

Fall 2016: By Kristin Ohlson. During the dry season, when they weren’t tending their crops, thousands of people left their villages in what is now the Río Verde Valley in the Mexican state of Oaxaca...

Dealing with the Funding Crisis

Winter 2018-19: By David Malakoff In the summer of 1894, archaeologist Ernest Volk of Harvard University was excavating a promising prehistoric site in New Jersey’s Delaware River Valley when he hit an unyielding obstacle: money....
An aerial photograph of Serpent Mound taken from a drone. The mound is a National Historic Landmark. Credit: Jarrod Burks.

The Serpent Mound Debate

Fall 2017: By David Malakoff. Anyone who has tried to catch a snake knows the reptiles are elusive. So it only seems appropriate that Serpent Mound, a twisting, quarter-mile long, three-foot-high earthwork in southern Ohio,...

WINTER 2019 | The Threat Of Climate Change

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 Tamara Jager Stewart With sea levels and temperatures rising, permafrost...