North American Archaeology
North American archaeology is very exciting because there is a wide range of sites to explore. You can study a range of eras including current day garbage, civil war artifacts and early American settlements from 15,000 years ago; and a range of locations including freezing cold Alaska, burning hot "Four Corners" (New Mexico, Colorada, Arizona, Utah), woodlands of the east coast, and busy New York City. There are many famous archaeologists who explored the wonders of North America. For example, Joe Ben Wheat discovered where Paleo-Indians used to drive Buffalo off a cliff, and Richard Daughtery found evidence of a settlement made 2500 years ago which was perfectly water-logged and frozen. I have chosen a few sites to represent this range of archaeology. Alexandria, Virginia is a site that is a good example of how archaeologists are looking at artifacts to learn more about everyday life in a time when there is some written history (Historical Archaeology). Jamestown, Virginia is an example of how archaeologists can "re-write" history based on new finds. And, Southwest Indians shows how archaeologists can examine a culture that did not leave behind any written history that we know of - (Prehistoric Archaeology).