Artifact may be ancient ax blade

Ray Reser, director of the Central Wisconsin Archaeology Center at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, described the object as a copper “celt,” a type of ax blade with no perforations or grooves. He said the celt was probably a functioning tool. The piece probably dates from 3,000 to 5,000 years ago.

Researchers unearth glimpse of Adena hunter-to-farmer shift

Ohio’s Adena culture represents a turning point in state history. Situated between the nomadic hunting and gathering cultures of the Archaic period and the more settled farming cultures of the later Woodland period, the Adena culture represented the dawn of a new way of life for Ohio’s ancient people. Archaeologists now are fleshing out the […]

Researchers unearth glimpse of Adena hunter-to-farmer shift

Ohio’s Adena culture represents a turning point in state history. Situated between the nomadic hunting and gathering cultures of the Archaic period and the more settled farming cultures of the later Woodland period, the Adena culture represented the dawn of a new way of life for Ohio’s ancient people. Archaeologists now are fleshing out the […]

‘Woodhenge’ at Fort Ancient raises interest in ritual past

During a remote-sensing survey of the Fort Ancient Earthworks in 2005,
Jarrod Burks of Ohio Valley Archaeological Consultants discovered a
circular pattern in the soil that stretched nearly 200 feet in diameter.
Fort Ancient is a massive earthwork in Warren County that was built morethan 2,000 years ago by the Hopewell culture.

Cahokia a Melting Pot of Immigrants

Traditional anthropologists have argued, based on no evidence other than their own beliefs, that the giant Native American metropolis of Cahokia was the result of ‘in situ’ development; i.e., local tribes simply became so populous that they merged to form this metropolis. Yet when archaeologists actually do real science and test the bones they find […]

Missouri Indian Burial Mound

Thousands of years ago another civilization inhabited Missouri

On one of many pinnacles along the bluffs lining the Missouri River
southwest of Columbia, atop the steep face of jagged rock plunging to
the landing, there is an inconspicuous 10-foot lump of earth. What
appears to be a natural point in the landscape ˜ insignificant in the
swath of hills and valleys ˜ is a burial mound, formed by human hands
thousands of years ago.

Octagon Earthworks’ alignment with moon likely is no accident

The Octagon Earthworks in Newark is one remnant of the Newark
Earthworks, recently listed by The Dispatch as one of the Seven Wonders
of Ohio. Earlham College professors Ray Hively and Robert Horn demonstrated in 1982 that the walls of this 2,000-yearold circle and octagon were aligned to the points on the horizon, marking the limits of the rising and setting of the moon during an 18.6-year cycle.

Jade Axes Proof of Vast Ancient Caribbean Network, Experts Say

A discovery of ancient jade could shake up old notions of the New
World before Columbus. Scientists say they have traced 1,500-year-old
axe blades found in the eastern Caribbean to ancient jade mines in
Central America 1,800 miles (2,900 kilometers) away.

Brazilian Stonehenge Discovered

Brazilian archaeologists have found an ancient stone structure in a
remote corner of the Amazon that may cast new light on the region’s
past.
The site, thought to be an observatory or place of worship, pre-dates
European colonisation and is said to suggest a sophisticated
knowledge of astronomy.
Its appearance is being compared to the English site of Stonehenge.

Mayan Tomb Tells Tale of Two Women, Elite but Doomed

Polychrome pots found with two female sacrifice victims Apparently it wasn’t good to be part of the Mayan Royal Family. If you got conquered you ended up sacrificed. From the article: Dr. David Freidel of Southern Methodist University cast one appraising look on a pyramid at a site known as Waka and said he felt […]

Woman Power in Maya World

In Guatemala’s Laguna del Tigre National Park, the dense forest hides many treasures: endangered scarlet macaws flit among the treetops, while rare jaguars hunt on the forest floor. Only recently has the world learned about one of Laguna del Tigre’s greatest treasures, a 2,500-year-old city that once stood at the crossroads of the ancient Maya […]

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