aztec serpent jade mosaic

Turquoise suggests new trade routes between ancient America and Mexico

Thirty years ago the archaeological scientists Garman Harbottle and Edward Sayre used neutron activation analysis to show that turquoise mosaics from Mexico, found as far away as the great Maya city of Chichén Itzá in Yucatan and dating back to around AD900, used raw material originating in the Cerrillos mines between Albuquerque and Santa Fe in New Mexico, an overland distance of some 3,200 km (2,000 miles).

weeden island canoe

45-Foot Ancient Canoe Stuck In The Muck Of Weedon Island

A 45-foot canoe, buried for more than a thousand years and used by a long-dead culture of Native Americans was used to paddle over the open waters of the bay — unlike the other ancient canoes uncovered in Florida which were used to ply the calmer waters of lakes and rivers.

Canaveral National Seashore’s Turtle Mound survives

Ludmilla Lelis |Sentinel Staff Writer April 29, 2008 NEW SMYRNA BEACH – Scores of Native American mounds have been lost through time, but the one thought to be the nation’s highest –Canaveral National Seashore’s Turtle Mound — survived. Preservation of the mound has saved many of its secrets, clues to the past never unearthed. That’s why […]

Ancient artifacts provide insight to Upstate history

Searching the soil beneath this present-day farm, the researchers
have discovered almost a time capsule of relics from past cultures,
from pottery that dates back as many as 4,000 years to about 30 or 40
feet of a log fort built by Indians 600 to 700 years ago. Farther down, workers last year unearthed a cluster of rocks that
date back 10,000 years,

Scientists hope Captiva Island dig can unlock Calusa mysteries

On the northernmost tip of Captiva Island stands a piece of southwest Florida history that may help scientists unlock the mysteries of an ancient culture. From the road lined with high-priced homes in the secluded South Seas Plantation, a mound with several peaks built by the Calusa Indians more than 2,000 years ago looks like any other clump of mangroves and vegetation.

Local dig produces the ‘Holy Grail’ of archaeology

One little arrowhead has caused quite a stir among local amateur
archaeologists. But one arrowhead is all it took to turn Ebberts Spring Site 36FR367, two miles south of Greencastle, from a typical archaeological dig into a super site.

A complex people lived here 7,000 years ago

A study of ancient human remains and artifacts found in the Guadalupe
River floodplain of south Victoria County shows that a relatively advanced people who had contacts with others living hundreds of miles
away populated the area.

A dog’s life long ago

In ancient Illinois, small dogs were made to carry or pull sacks of firewood until the tips of their vertebrae broke. Sometimes their heads were lopped off with stone axes during sacrificial ceremonies. Most often, they were buried with the trash.

Oakville excavation raises more questions

OAKVILLE, Iowa — The prehistoric Indian village that was excavated near here a year ago has been covered up again, but analysis of what was found will take several more months, and the questions raised may never be answered. A portion of the village — determined to be a “significant” cultural site — was excavated […]

Cahokia mounds reveal a vast copper workshop

Nearly 1,000 years ago, the ancient city of Cahokia flourished only 20 minutes away from modern St. Louis in the floodplains of the Mississippi River. Today, the discovery of a copper workshop by a team of researchers led by John Kelly, Washington University archeology professor, and James Brown of Northwestern University will provide insight into the lives of the mysterious Cahokians.

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