The first ever excavation of a cementation steel furnace in America – in Trenton, New Jersey – is throwing new light America’s growing self-sufficiency as a manufacturing nation. Dating from between 1745 and 1750, this is one of fewer than 20 such furnaces known to have been built in 18th century North America to turn […]
In Brian Fagan’s latest instalment of all things archaeological that are both exotic and entertaining he worships Maya macaws, reveals the oldest evidence for humans in America, and gets dirty with Maya farmers.
Digging pre-European lives on the balmy ‘desert island’ of Carriacou
Richard Hodges writes from Philadelphia, USA
Inscribed slate tablet discovered in Jamestown
Study of Native American DNA adds to debate over colonization of the Americas by humans
Discoveries from South American graveyard thought to contain the dead from Christopher Columbus’ second voyage to the Americas
The 16th president of the USA is much written about; now, excavations in Salem, Illinois, are revealing new secrets about his early life.
Richard Hodges writes from Gettysburg, USA
Remembering Awatovi describes life in a field camp in Hopi country between 1935 and 1939, during a Harvard University expedition to northern Arizona under Joe Brew. Davis describes an era of unimaginably primitive fieldwork by today’s standards. Well-known, and some almost forgotten, archaeologists come to life as people, which helps us better understand their archaeological work, […]
Paul Bahn reflects on the potency of Nevadan rock art
Introducing Penn Museum, then and now