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 […]

Chunkey and the spread of Mississippian culture

Chunkey was one of the most popular sports in pre-European America. It was a simple game consisting of a round stone being rolled down a specially-prepared plaza while a group of men threw spears to where they believed the stone would stop. The game dates back at least a thousand years and was still being played when the first Europeans arrived.

Mississippian Moundbuilders Art on Display Online

Mike Ruggeri’s Mississippian Moundbuilders Art Portfolio is an online exhibit showcasing the artistry of Native Americans living in the Midwest and Southeast. The online exhibit features Mississippian head pots, human effigy vessels, pottery, smoking pipes, shell art, and chunkey stones. The showcase also features Mississippian iconography which shows how the Native American cultures represented themselves. […]

Native American artifacts on Pascagoulas Greenwood Island date to 1000 B.C

Greenwood Island on the western side of Bayou Casotte in Pascagoula has long been known for its Native American history. Now, archaeologists have dated that history to 1000 B.C., and said that pottery shards found there are the oldest known specimens uncovered on the Mississippi coast. The findings were released by Carey Geiger, president of […]

Shawnee Lookout Oldest Hilltop Settlement?

The Shawnee are one of the most important Native American groups in North America due to their long standing and far flung trade networks. They had trading outposts throughout eastern North America from the Great Lakes to Florida. One site known as Shawnee Lookout in Ohio appears to have been continuously occupied by the Shawnee for over 2,000 years. It is also much larger than the original 1960 archaeological investigations revealed.

Large Hopewell site unearthed in Ohio

A huge archaeological site has been unearthed in Ohio dating to the Hopewell time period. From the news report: Five weeks of digging this summer by professional and amateur archaeologists from the Cleveland Museum and the Firelands Archaeological Research Center, guided by the magnetic readings, have confirmed the presence of a major occupation, and have […]

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