Help Save America’s Threatened Archaeological Treasures

Give Future Generations the Lasting Gift of Protected Archaeological Heritage! & be the preservation hero we need... Please help save irreplaceable archaeological treasures threatened across the country. Become part of one of the most important forces...
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...
re-enacting 18th-century Chickasaw life. The living village includes traditional regalia, stickball games, stomp dances, hide scraping and other activities that were common in the 1750s

Update SE: The Story of The Owners & The Tribe That Saved Ancestral Villages

This is the story of the owners and a Grant that saved Ancestral Chickasaw villages. While The Archaeological Conservancy was working on a deal to purchase and preserve ancestral Chickasaw villages in Mississippi, I became...
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...

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...
View Of Arroyo Hondo Pueblo From The South. Photos: http://www.arroyohondo.org

Major Archaeological Pueblo Site Debuts New Website

New Website Includes Photographs, History, Research On Arroyo Hondo Site from 1300s About 1300 C.E., a small pueblo located minutes south of present day Santa Fe, New Mexico, rapidly transformed from a 100-room hamlet to...
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...

You Can Save Archaeological Sites- Last Week of Crowdfunding!

Last week to Help us reach our goal for the POINT-6 crowdfunding campaign! Protect Our Irreplaceable National Treasures is an emergency acquisition project is intended to purchase and preserve significant sites in danger...
This map was drawn in 1602 by a Wichita Indian who was captured by the Spanish. The circular figures represent native settlements. Etzanoa is depicted by two circles with a diagonal line between them at the top center of the map.Image Credit: General Archives of Maps and Plans, Mexico City

Searching For Etzanoa

Spring 2016: By David Malakoff. In the early summer of 1601, Juan de Oñate, a conquistador who helped establish the Spanish colony of New Mexico, set off on a search to find Quivira, a fabled...
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...