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.

Fort Ancient Culture Village Unearthed

A new village that was part of the Fort Ancient culture has been unearthed in Richmond, Kentucky. The EKU archaeological research has documented the site as a medium-sized, sedentary circular village, with a cleared plaza area in the center, a low burial mound, approximately 70 centimeters in height and 25 meters in diameter, and simple individual houses. At most, Carmean said, the village was home to approximately 200 men, women and children.

Ancient Iowa Mill Creek Culture revealed

The Mill Creek culture in northern Iowa produced highly decorated pottery, religious artifacts, musical instruments and a widespread trading network reaching as far south as the Gulf Coast and Florida. Tobacco has been found at the site. There were major earth moving projects and lodges that had been burned down and rebuilt. They were also […]

Mill Creek Culture Artifacts Housed in New Museum

A new museum has been created to house artifacts of Iowa’s important Mill Creek Culture. Read the news below: They are described by archaeologists as the Mill Creek Culture. They lived along the Big Sioux and Little Sioux rivers and their tributaries in Woodbury, Plymouth, Cherokee, O’Brien and Buena Vista counties. When they lived is […]

New excavations at Pineland site Mound 5

The Randell Research Center was offered an opportunity to examine Mound 5 of the Brown’s Mound Complex on property adjacent to the Randell Research Center. Brown’s Mound 1, the largest mound on the Pineland site, is thought to have been surrounded by five other mounds, forming a six-mound “complex.” Initial examination of the pottery shows a diverse assemblage of […]

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