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...
Erebus’ bell was found at the site. The date 1845 is embossed near the top of the bell.

Investigating A Maritime Mystery

Fall 2015: By Tom Koppel  “That's it. That's it,” shouted underwater archaeologist Ryan Harris as the clear outline of a sunken ship suddenly came across his screen in September 2014. His crewmates in the wheelhouse...
A European gold-plated brass cover for a wheel lock pistol depicting Adam and Eve. Credit: Patrick hall

The Beginning Of Charleston

Fall 2015: By Gail Crouch. On a sultry spring day in the South Carolina Lowcountry, students from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island, and their instructors work in an excavation unit at Charles Towne,...
A drone captured its own shadow while photographing a large petroglyph boulder in northeast Arizona. Credit: Rupestrian CyberServices

Here Come The Drones

Fall 2015: By David Malakoff. When Mike Searcy is in the field, he likes to get a bird’s-eye picture of his study area. “That means I’m teetering on top of a ladder or climbing up...
This reconstruction of Fort Caroline is found at Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve in Jacksonville. Based on the le Moyne de Morgues/de Bry illustration, it’s not considered to be historically accurate. Credit Timucuan Preserve, National Park Service.

When France Tried To Colonize Florida

Fall 2015: By Wayne Curtis On August 12, 2014, two divers rolled into the water from the research vessel Roper, anchored just off the coast of Florida’s Cape Canaveral. They were pretty sure they’d find something...
This image depicting a woman giving birth is one of the amazing petroglyphs at Rock Art Ranch.

Putting The Petroglyphs In Context

Fall 2015: Putting The Petroglyphs In Context, By Tamara Stewart Escaping from the blistering desert heat, we are drawn down the worn stone steps into Chevelon Canyon, toward the cool oasis of flowing water and...

Fall 2015 is Here!

The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, Fall 2015 , is now available. COVER: A side-scan sonar image of HMS Erebus, the flagship of the ill-fated 1845 Sir John Franklin expedition in search of a...

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...

Book Review- Medieval Mississippians: The Cahokia World

Medieval Mississippians: The Cahokia World Edited by Timothy R. Pauketat and Susan M. Alt (SAR Press, 2015; 169 pgs., illus. $60 cloth, $25 paper; www.sarpress.org)   This collection of 17 essays by 28 archaeologists and Native Americans explores...

A Sneak Peak: Understanding the Prehistoric Landscape of Rock Art Ranch

Sneak Peak Ahead Field Blog for Fall 2015 Our intrepid reporter, Tamara Stewart, visited Chevelon Canyon and Rock Art Ranch.  Join her for a Sneak Peak at some reporting in the field underway for our...