Craig Lee (left) and his colleagues Jay Kyne and Ben Woods start to drill an ice core. This is the only invasive technique the researchers employ. Photo INSTAAR/ Jennie Borresen Lee.

Archaeology In The Ice Patches

2015: By Tamara Stewart.  In 2007, archaeologist Craig Lee recovered an incredibly preserved, delicately carved birch spear-throwing foreshaft from a melting ice patch north of Yellowstone National Park. The 10,300-year-old shaft, which Paleo-Indian people used...

Sneak Peek: Did The Clovis People Have Neighbors?

Special Onsite Blog from the Field... Winter 2015 By Marcia Hill Gossard. The day begins early at the Cooper’s Ferry Field School to beat the heat. Temperatures this summer soared past 100 degrees in the...
This Late Classic (a.d. 750 - 850) jar likely contained perishable food that the Maya offered to their gods in hopes that the gods would reciprocate with rain. The jar was found in situ in Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave in Belize. Credit: Jaime Awe

A Time Of Desperation: Archaeology of Maya Caves

Summer 2016: By Kristin Ohlson.  In 1989, William Pleitez was hunting near his farm in western Belize when his dog squeezed between some boulders near a hillside and disappeared. Pleitez soon found that the boulders...
Dia De Los Muertos Altar at the Zocolo.

The Lure of Oaxaca: Conservancy Tours for Day of the Dead

At The End of October, 28 Archaeological Conservancy members joined SW regional director Jim Walker and George Washington University archaeologist Jeff Blumster in Oaxaca for ten days of touring one of the most beautiful...
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

American Archaeology Wins Its Fifth Gene S. Stuart Award

The article “Discovering the Archaeology of Tattooing” by Gayle Keck has won the Gene S. Stuart Award. The award, which is bestowed by the Society For American Archaeology, is given to the author of...
TThe Tram Preserve, containing the remains of a Seneca Village, with high summer vegetation.

Update E: Summer Site Work in Full Swing

Earlier this month Conservancy President Mark Michael joined the staff of the Eastern Regional Office in New York  for a great visit to a few Conservancy owned preserves, and to meet with landowners, of...
Center Places and Cherokee Towns

Book Review – Center Places and Cherokee Towns: Archaeological Perspectives

Center Places and Cherokee Towns:  Archaeological Perspectives on Native American Architecture and Landscape in the Southern Appalachians By Christopher B. Rodning (University of Alabama Press, 2015; 272 pgs., illus., $60 cloth or ebook; www.uapress.ua.edu) Tulane University archaeologist...

PHOTO TOUR | 2019 Hidden World of the Ancient Maya of Chiapas and Tabasco

Travel along with our recent tour group as they journey into the heart of Maya country to experience local culture and explore rain forests and ancient ruins on the 2019 Hidden World of the Ancient...

Update on Archaeological Preserve of Kings 4 in California

Update from Western Regional Office On the very foggy morning of January 14th, work was done on the Site of the Kings 4 Archaeological Preserve for which monitoring was required. The Southern California Edison Company...

Donkey Drama on Stallings Island

Donkeys and goats were introduced on this Conservancy site in 2008 to control plant overgrowth.  Recently, an ill-mannered male donkey had to be removed from the island – and it was no small feat....