By around 1680, African American Maroons established communities on islands in the swamp. The woman pictured here is fashioning a tool while keeping an eye on her children. Credit: Carolyn Arcabascio

Life In The Great Dismal Swamp

Spring 2017: By David Malakoff. “I sometimes ask myself why I didn’t do one of those projects where the dig is right next to the parking lot.” Archaeologist Becca Peixotto wasn’t complaining, but she sounded...
Archaeologists excavate around and within Fort Raleigh’s reconstructed earthwork in 1990. CREDIT: Ira Block

Looking For The Lost Colony

Fall 2016: By Paula Neely. On a sunny day last April, several First Colony Foundation (FCF) archaeologists made their way carefully along a narrow stretch of sandy beach at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on...
This portrait painted in 1710 shows the extensively tattooed Mohawk leader Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pleth Tow. Credit: Mezzotint by John Simon, after painting by John Verlest

Discovering The Archaeology Of Tattooing

Spring 2018: By Gayle Keck. In old Western movies, Indians were invariably depicted galloping into the scene whooping and streaked with war paint. At least one aspect of that cliché is true. Native Americans did...
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...
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SUMMER 2019 | Touring Ancient Art Museums

The following is an article excerpt from the Summer 2019 Issue of American Archaeology Magazine.  Become a member to subscribe and read the full issue!  By Tamara Jager Stewart The Southwest is world-renowned for its abundance...

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...
Newspaper Rock is one of Gold Butte National Monument’s amazing petroglyph panels. Gold Butte, located in Nevada, was recently designated a national monument to protect cultural resources like Newspaper Rock, but some people opposed the designation. Kurt Kuznicki/Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Archaeology Under Attack

Spring 2017: By Tamara Jager Stewart. In the late 1980s, while working in Wisconsin, Lynne Goldstein, now archaeology professor and director of the Campus Archaeology Program at Michigan State University, served on a panel working...
Close-up of Rock Art Figure with Bow and Arrow from Horseshoe Canyon, Canyonlands National Park, Utah. Photo Courtesy David Sucec.

Spring 2015 Additional Images Online Gallery

Explore our newest online feature our additional Images gallery! Each Issue of American Archaeology Magazine we get way too many wonderful images to fit into the magazine. Now we have a chance to share...
American Archaeology Magazine, Spring 2014 Issue

American Archaeology Magazine Spring 2014 Issue

The recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, Spring 2014, is now available. Cover Photo: Numerous historic-period sites have yielded the kind of exquisite marine shell ornaments seen here. A recent study purports to have solved the...

A Prehistoric Dog’s Life | American Archaeology

By Julian Smith This is an article excerpt from the Winter 2020 edition of American Archaeology Magazine. Become a member of The Archaeological Conservancy for your complimentary subscription.  It’s hard to imagine life without dogs. There...