Archeology in North America

US-Mexico border at Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico; and California. Photo courtesy Tomas Castelazo and wikicommons

The clandestine movement of people across the Mexico-United States border is of interest to many people, including archaeologists. There aren’t…More

Posted in Featured Posts, March, Opinion, Top News | Tagged | Leave a comment
A trowel, the standard tool for archaeology. Photo courtesy Bob Muckle

Although most archaeological research in North America focuses on the past, there are some very interesting and worthwhile projects focusing…More

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Inuksuk Point, Foxe Peninsula, Nunavut, Canada. Photo courtesy Ansgar Walk and wikicommons

A recent article in a major newspaper by two members of the US House of Representatives has led to many…More

Posted in Featured Posts, November, Opinion | Tagged | 1 Response
Perceived Conflicts in Archaeology-for-Profit

When it comes to the practice of doing archaeology in advance of development projects, there is an elephant in the…More

Posted in Opinion, September | Tagged | Leave a comment
Indigenous Claims, DNA and Archaeology

In the courthouse, in the political arena, and in the public eye, archaeology has been a major player in documenting,…More

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On Reducing the Ecological Footprint of Archaeological Fieldwork

Archaeological excavation is destructive. Almost everyone knows that.  We try to mitigate that destruction by careful recording and returning the…More

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Reflecting on Collaborative Archaeology with Indigenous Peoples

It isn’t unusual for archaeologists working with Indigenous Peoples in North America to be criticized for meddling in the heritage…More

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A Can of Worms Worth Opening

Sexual Harassment and Abuse in the Field There is an important study that all anthropologists, anthropology students, and anybody else…More

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Archaeology in 140 Characters or Less

North American archaeologists have been slow to board the Twitter train, and I’m not sure why.  It might be because…More

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Bending the Taboo on Discussing Poop, of the Human Kind

Although it may not be broken, the taboo against discussing human feces, in anything but pure scholarly or humorous situations,…More

Posted in February, Opinion | Tagged | Leave a comment
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