American Archaeology Magazine

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American Archaeology is the only consumer magazine devoted to the excitement and mystery of archaeology in the United States, with additional coverage of Canada and Latin America. In four issues each year, American Archaeology’s colorful features and departments present the research breakthroughs, persistent puzzles, and unique personalities making news in this fascinating field.

This is a nicely done quarterly that covers archaeological issues throughout North America. Current issue features a very interesting article on “geoglyphs” (aka, “intalgio”, large scale drawings in the desert) with great photos. Unfortunately, the article and photos are not online. mjh

the Fisherman geoglyphA Close Look at Geoglyphs

By Tamara Stewart

Reaching across the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts of Arizona and California, these immense figures are testimonies to the beliefs of an ancient people that persist today. Images of giants, mythic figures, animals, and geometric designs are etched into the desert floor or fashioned by rock alignments. So far, more than 600 of these figures, known as geoglyphs, have been recorded in this area. Some of them are estimated to be thousands of years old.