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  • Technology eases access to ancient ruins, for better or worse

    Technology eases access to ancient ruins, for better or worse

    A writer uses the Internet and GPS to find secret Ancestral Puebloan dwellings and other wonders on Utah’s Cedar Mesa, home of the country’s highest concentration of archaeological sites.

  • Pillaging the Past

    Craig Childs explores the fine line that separates archeology from grave-robbing in the American Southwest.

  • Leave it alone

    Archaeology is, or at least ought to be, about more than just picking up artifacts to gather dust on the shelves of crowded museum storerooms.

  • Historic plant cultivation in Northwest native tribes

    Historic plant cultivation in Northwest native tribes

    Lying to rest a dispute over whether tribal reliance on fish meant they did not garden.

  • In search of camas, a Native American food staple

    In search of camas, a Native American food staple

    Botanist Madrona Murphy traces long-lost edible wild plant gardens cultivated by the Pacific Northwest's Coast Salish.

  • Lessons from the mighty Maya

    Lessons from the mighty Maya

    Modern-day Americans could learn a lesson from the collapse of the ancient Mayan civilization.

  • The missing puzzle piece

    The missing puzzle piece

    In southwestern Colorado’s Crow Canyon, archaeologists are working with Native Americans to solve the historical mysteries of the Four Corners area.

  • Suburbia blasts through a national monument

    A rocky western escarpment and the Petroglyph National Monument have long held back Albuquerque’s sprawl, but now the Volcano Heights development is coming, and a controversial road through the monument may be built

  • Out of the Four Corners

    Susan Ryan, a young archaeologist, has some unusual ideas about why the Anasazi left their homes in the Southwest, 700 years ago

  • Exodus

    The abandonment of the American Southwest by the Anasazi 700 years ago – and the destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina today – show that all civilizations are fragile, complex, and ultimately at the mercy of the climate

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