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Cliff Dwelling in Utah Found to Have Unique Decoration: Dinosaur Tracks

Scientists searching for fossils in southern Utah have found that they certainly weren’t the first to prize the traces left behind by dinosaurs.While …

Paleontology

Grave of Disabled Young Woman Reveals Touching Tale of Care in Prehistoric Arizona

Human remains found buried in downtown Tempe, Arizona, are revealing a touching story about one young woman’s painful life and the community that …

Archaeology

‘Unusual’ Mammoth Fossil Discovered on California Island

On an island just off the coast of Ventura County, scientists say they have discovered the remains of an “unusual” mammoth that lived alongside some …

Paleontology

Ancient Seafarers’ Tool Sites, Up to 12,000 Years Old, Discovered on California Island

On a rugged island just offshore from Ventura County, archaeologists have turned up evidence of some of the oldest human activity in coastal Southern …

Anthropology

900-Year-Old Village Recorded in Volcanic Badlands of New Mexico

In the black-rock badlands of northwestern New Mexico, archaeologists have documented a 900-year-old village with unique ties to the Ancestral …

Archaeology

Thousands of Ancient Petroglyphs, ‘Dramatic’ Solar Calendar Reported in N. Arizona

Archaeologists exploring the remote mesas of northern Arizona have uncovered a trove of previously undocumented rock art, including more than 1,500 …

Archaeology

‘Unexpected’ 3,000-Year-Old Bison Hunting Site Discovered in Southern Arizona

A surprising find on a ranch in southeastern Arizona has some archaeologists re-thinking a vital period of history in this corner of the Southwest.In …

Anthropology

Ancient Grave of Teenage Girl May Reveal Secrets of Southwest’s Earliest Farmers

Archaeologists working in the borderlands of northern Mexico have uncovered a camp used by ancient hunters as much as 10,500 years ago, revealing …

Archaeology

Nearly 20 Stone-Tool Sites, Dating Back Up To 12,000 Years, Discovered In Nevada

Along lakes and streams that have long since disappeared, archaeologists working in southern Nevada have found nearly 20 sites used by ancient …

Anthropology

Oldest Human Footprints in the Southwest Discovered at Tucson Construction Site

TUCSON, ARIZONA — A day’s work in an Arizona corn field some 2,500 years ago has been frozen in time, thanks to the footprints of some ancient …

Archaeology

Top 5 Archaeology Discoveries in the American West of 2015

People have been living in the American West for at least 13,000 years, but every year brings new insights, and new surprises, about our history. …

Archaeology

800-Year-Old Camp Found in Oregon Sand Dunes Poses Migration Mystery

An odd assemblage of pottery, stone points, and other artifacts found among the sand dunes of southern Oregon is posing a “conundrum” for …

Archaeology

Prehistoric Utah Rock Art Does Not Depict a Pterosaur, Study Confirms

Dealing what they say is a “mortal blow” to the interpretation of some creationists, a team of archaeologists has concluded that a panel of rock art …

Dinosaurs

Severed Heads, Skull Bowls Found in California Graves Were Tributes, Not War Trophies, Study Finds

A 3,000 year-old village discovered in central California has been found to contain an unusual set of burials — with more than a half dozen …

Origin of ‘Spanish Armor,’ Said to Have Been Found in Texas Desert, Stumps Scientists

It seems to have passed through more hands than The Maltese Falcon. And it’s proving to be nearly as mysterious.Two pieces of iron armor — reportedly …

Archaeology

200-Year-Old Shipwreck Survivors’ Camp Found on Alaska Island

A group of Russian traders who found themselves shipwrecked on an Alaskan island in winter more than 200 years ago are no longer just figures in …

Archaeology

America’s Largest Earthwork, Cahokia’s Monks Mound, May Have Been Built in Only 20 Years, Study Says

It was ten stories tall, and wider at the base than the Empire State Building. And nearly a thousand years ago, it was the centerpiece of the …

Archaeology

Northernmost Dinosaur Discovered in ‘Lost World’ of Animal Fossils in Alaska

Scientists exploring a remote riverbank on Alaska’s North Slope have made a surprising find — the discovery of the northernmost species of dinosaur …

Dinosaurs

Mass Grave Found in California Reveals Prehistoric Violence Against ‘Outsiders’

An ancient mass grave, uncovered during the construction of a shopping mall outside San Francisco, contains the bodies of seven men who appear to …

Anthropology