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Dig-Site Updates from Hampton Civil War Refugee Slave Camp

Last week, we shared a report on the Grand Contraband Slavery Camp excavations in Hampton, VA. Archaeologists have opened a new trench this week, hoping to add to the rich catalog of nearly 200 features...
Cory Wilkins of The Archaeological Conservancy looks at tufa “pillows” on the rock wall above the Leonard Rockshelter south of Lovelock. UNR scientists will re-investigate the site this year. Credit: 5-30 REVISED Leonard Rockshelter DEBRA REID • Lovelock Review-Miner

Archaeologist to re-investigate Leonard Rockshelter

By Debra Reid, d.reid@winnemuccapublishing.net; in the Lovelock Review-Miner, Nevada 5/30/18; published by permission This summer, a University of Nevada, Reno archaeological team will “re-visit” the Leonard Rockshelter near Lovelock. Updated excavation and radiocarbon dating methods may...
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Archaeologists rush to save Yup’ik treasures threatened by vanishing shoreline

Summary of Archaeologists rush to save Yup'ik treasures threatened by vanishing shoreline An international team of archaeologists are racing against time and nature to excavate and preserve cultural artifacts at the Nunalleq site in Alaska. The...
The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, SPRING 2018, is now available! COVER: Researchers carefully position a 3-D scanner on the fragile steps of Copán’s Hieroglyphic Stairway. The scans are used to reproduce the stairway. Credit: Barbara Fash

American Archaeology Magazine Spring 2018 is Here!

The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, SPRING 2018, is now available! COVER: Researchers carefully position a 3-D scanner on the fragile steps of Copán’s Hieroglyphic Stairway. The scans are used to reproduce...
The University of Victoria's Bluefin-12S AUV is shown in Juan Perez Sound with a Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve vessel in the background in a handout photo. Photograph by: HO-University of Victoria, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Underwater expedition revealed earliest site of human habitation in Canada

Archaeologists from the University of Victoria have used an autonomous underwater vehicle to scan the  for sign of the earliest human habitation in Canada and possibly the New World. Hypothesizing that ancient peoples would...

Researchers Digitally Record Paleoamerican Remains

When exploratory divers discovered the underwater Mexican cave site known as Hoyo Negro, the conditions of the cave were so pristine and stable, says archaeologist Dominique Rissolo, "it looked like no one had ever...
Repair work conducted on a sloping face of Monks Mound in 2007. (Courtesy Washington University in St. Louis)

Cahokia’s Monks Mound May Have Been Built in Only 20 Years

Summary of America’s Largest Earthwork, Cahokia’s Monks Mound, May Have Been Built in Only 20 Years, Study Says Monks Mound was constructed as the symbolic center of Cahokia. At its peak, A.D. 1050 to 1100,...
A team member works inside his excavation grid. Photo by Kelsey Jae Wardwell/Missoulian

University of Montana archaeologists unearth Buffalo Soldiers’ artifacts at Fort Missoula

Summary of "UM archaeologists unearth Buffalo Soldiers' artifacts at Fort Missoula" In the summer of 1888, the 25th Infantry arrived at Fort Missoula from their post in the Dakota Territory. All 220 members of the unit...
A sign for the Timbuctoo site, pictured Sept. 9, 2010, can be found at the intersection of Church and Rancocas roads. (Sarah J. Glover / Pillidelphia News Photographer)

Artifacts of former slaves’ village tell historic tale

Summary of  Artifacts at site of former slaves' village tell historic tale Over 15,400 artifacts are being curated, analyzed and cataloged from a Temple University excavations at the site of Timbuctoo, a now buried village...

Tuberculosis is Newer Than Thought, Study Says

  Summary of Tuberculosis Is Newer Than Thought, Study Says Researchers now hypothesize that Tuberculosis first came to the New World with Seals. A new study published in Nature on August 20th suggests that the distinct New World strains...