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,...
Researchers work on excavation at the Upward Sun River site in Alaska. Image courtesy of Ben Potter, UAF

Earliest evidence of ancient North American salmon fishing

Summary from Press Release Earliest evidence of ancient North American salmon fishing verified and NYT Oldest Find of Salmon Remains in North America Archaeologist working at an Interior Alaskan Site, named the Upward Sun...
Rare Amber bead

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...
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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...
AA winter 2016-17 Cover. Rediscovering the Alamo

American Archaeology Magazine Winter 2016 is Here!

The most recent issue of American Archaeology Magazine, WINTER 2016, is now available! COVER: A researcher operates a ground-penetrating radar machine at the Alamo in search of buried artifacts and features. Credit: Reimagine The...
Michele Pierson sifts for artifacts Thursday at an archaeological dig on Big Talbot Island

Excavations Underway for Site with Mysterious Shell Ring

University of North Florida archaeologists and students have begun excavations on a site where the First Coast Native American Timucuan tribe’s ancestors left behind a 65-meter-wide ring of shells. First discovered in 1974, the...
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...
Stone mask of Ancient City of Teotihuacan, Mexico. Courtesy Smithsonian

Electron Beam Points to Origins of Teotihuacan Stone Faces

Summary from Electron Beam Points to Origins of Teotihuacan Stone Faces A new study of the iconic stone masks of the ancient city of Teotihuacan, Mexico, reveals that the masks were made elsewhere and often...
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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Glow Sticks Prepare Miami’s Tequesta Village Site for Construction

The remnants of a prehistoric Native American village glowed faintly in the twilight Monday evening, history almost lost in the glare of downtown high-rises and the gleam of South Beach across the bay. Archaeologist Bob...