Network of Ancient Canals in Florida

The Ortona Mounds site in the Lake Okeechobee region of Florida features a network of canals for canoe travel: The casual visitor to this small rural community about 15 miles west of Lake Okeechobee might barely notice the broad indentations that run for seven miles from a cluster of oak-shaded mounds through scrub pine and […]

Ancient Indian Canal in Naples, FL

Native Americans in Florida built an extensive canal network for canoe travel. The only other such network of canals is in Mexico: Tourists and residents walking in Old Naples are probably unaware they’ve been sauntering over a prehistoric engineering marvel, a roughly mile-long Indian canal dating back to at least 780 — the deepest canoe […]

Earliest turkey domestication found in Tennessee

Turkeys figured prominently into pre-contact Native American life, but the first archaeological evidence of probable domestication in the Southeast U.S. has just been found at a site in Tennessee. More than 400 bones of Meleagris gallopavo silvestris, the eastern wild turkey, were found at the Fewkes site, dating to around 1250-1450, and were analyzed by zooarchaeologists Tanya […]

Etowah Artifacts Come Back To Georgia After A Century In Storage

About a century ago, the Smithsonian collected artifacts from Georgia’s Etowah Indian Mounds. Since then, they’ve been sitting in storage; most haven’t been studied or displayed publicly.  Now those artifacts are coming back to Georgia, to go on display for the first time. To choose pieces for this show, curators from Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville made a few trips […]

Evidence of Foreign Invasion of Georgia in 1100 AD?

Why was a fortified town built on the lower Chattahoochee River in southwest Georgia around 1100 AD? Known as the Cool Branch Site by archaeologists, it was the first “Mississippian” town in that part of Georgia. The Mississippian culture was a Native American culture that built towns featuring earthen pyramids built around central plazas. These […]

Florida Ice Age Site with Early Human Remains to be Excavated

Excavation of one of the most important Ice Age sites in North America – the Old Vero Man site in Vero Beach, Fla. – is expected to begin in January 2014, thanks to a new collaboration between the Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute (MAI) at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., and the Old Vero Ice Age Sites […]

Native American Eternal Flame Behind New York Waterfall

Still a few surprises left in this world. Read the story below about a natural ‘eternal flame’ lit by Native Americans perhaps thousands of years ago that still burns today behind a waterfall in western New York: Nestled behind a waterfall in western New York state is an eternal flame whose beauty is only surpassed […]

Moorehead Circle Reveals New Secrets

The ceremonial life of Native American civilizations before the arrival of Europeans was far more complicated than the simplistic notion of powwows and dreamcatchers as presented by countless Hollywood movies. The Moorehead Circle, part of the Fort Ancient complex in Ohio, is one case-in-point. New research has shown that this structure was more than just […]

Adena Burials Unearthed at Pigs Point, Maryland

The Pigs Point site in Maryland recently gave archaeologists a surprise as they unearthed burial pits that appear to have been in constant use/re-use over hundreds if not thousands of years. The earliest evidence of architectural structures in Maryland was also discovered at this site. As is usual with these discoveries, it has sent the […]

Native Americans built Poverty Point in less than 90 days, research confirms

Academics are constantly underestimating the complexity and sophistication of all ancient civilizations but perhaps more so with ancient Native American civilizations. The standard story goes that only people that practiced agriculture could develop the necessary surpluses to establish complex societies and civilization. It seems every time archaeologists put a spade into the earth what comes […]

Earliest Tobacco Use in the Pacific Northwest

Tobacco is a plant that originated in South America and slowly over the ages migrated northward. The latest research shows that tobacco had reached the Pacific Northwest by 860 AD.

DNA Reveals Chihuahua and Carolina Dog originated in America and Asia

New DNA testing has proven definitively that several Native American dog breeds, including the Chihuahua and Carolina Dog, have been in North America for thousands of years and can trace their genetic heritage back to Asia not Europe as was previously conjectured. A year ago my research report entitled “Ancient Chihuahuas in Southeastern U.S.?” produced […]

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