Ed Carriere weaves a cattail basket. He also wove the cedar-bark vest and cedar-bark hat he’s wearing. Credit: FREDRICK DENT

A Meeting Of Science And Culture: Ancient Basketry

Fall 2018: By Julian Smith Suquamish elder and master basketmaker Ed Carriere was thrilled when he first saw the fragments of ancient cedar baskets in the Biderbost Collection at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum...
Gambling artifacts have been found at Chetro Ketl, a great house in Chaco Canyon. Credit: ANDREW KEARNS

When The Gambler Came To Chaco

Summer 2018: By Alexandra Witze. Navajo oral histories tell of a Great Gambler who had a profound effect on Chaco Canyon, the Ancestral Puebloan capital located in what is now northwestern New Mexico. His name...
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...
Eye-catching cobalt, vermilion, and red ochre pigments embellish the interior of San Miguel Arcángel. Rubén G. Mendoza.

Visiting California’s Historic Missions

Summer 2015: By Gayle Keck  It was 1782, and an earthquake had ripped through Alta California. "In Santa Clara, it broke a bottle of brandy," Father Junípero Serra noted, "which the poor Fathers there were jealously...
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...

Physical and Spiritual Health

Winter 2018-19: By Mike Toner. In 1535, an outbreak of scurvy ravaged the crew of French explorer Jacques Cartier’s expedition to the St. Lawrence River. Twenty-five men died before a friendly Iroquois chief summoned tribal...
Archaeologists Steve Copeland and Caitlin Sommer document features on the floor of the great kiva.

Searching For The Origins Of Pueblo Culture

Spring 2015: Searching For The Origins Of Pueblo Culture By Tamara Stewart. Dirt flies as archaeologists Caitlin Sommer and Steve Copeland, along with many volunteers, search for the hearth in the Dillard site’s great kiva. Since...
This aerial photo of the Nunalleq site was taken by a drone in 2017. Credit: Sven Haakanson

The Story Of Nunalleq

Spring 2018: By David Malakoff. When Russian fur traders began exploring southwestern Alaska in the early 1800s, they met native Yup’ik people who told horrific tales of violence and revenge. In one common but unverified...
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...

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,...