Archaeologists found what they believe are the oldest remains of several species of bed bugs dating back 11000 years in Paisley Caves, southern Oregon, United States of America, thought to be among the earliest known sites of human habitation in the American West.
Newest research of 3000-year-old clay figurines excavated near Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A., states that they might have been used as fertility symbols by desert farmers.
At a site in Alaska, archaeologists discovered artefacts dated to between 1100-1300 AD. Some of them are of Asian origin, indicating presence of trade between people of both continents 700 years ago.
Palaeontologists visiting a 800-year-old stone structure, typical for Ancestral Puebloans discovered fossilised tracks of a theropod dinosaur on a rock slab used as a lintel for the door.
The Upward Sun River site in central Alaska revealed remains of hearths that served as cooking pits for people living in the area between 13200-11500 BC. Abundance of salmon remains, discovered within these features sheds new light on the diet of the Palaeolithic people, as this is the oldest evidence of cooking salmon in the New World.
Hawaiian island Oahu’s beach revealed petroglyphs created by indigenous people at least 400 years ago. The carvings were discovered by accident by tourists on the western side of the island in the area of Waianae Coast.
Researchers discovered a campsite used by prehistoric hunter-gatherers 12,300 years ago in Utah Desert (USA), when the area was a lush wetland. The site was discovered in the area of U.S. Air Force’s Utah Test and Training Range, a proving grounds in the salt flats west of Salt Lake City.
Excavations of a known Gault site in Texas revealed layers of artefacts older than the previously discovered, containing traces of human occupation, dating back even 16700 years. So far over 90 stone tools were documented.
Archaeologists from the University of Oregon have found evidence of oldest human activity in coastal Southern California. Three sites scattered with ancient tool-making debris and the shells of harvested shellfish have been found on Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the Channel Islands.
Trove of previously undocumented rock art was discovered by archaeologists exploring the remote Wupatki National Monument northeast of Flagstaff in northern Arizona.
A ranch in Arizona revealed a 3,000-year-old bison kill site, featuring hundreds of bones and bone fragments, along with dozens of cobblestones and flaked and ground stone tools.
Archaeologists working in southern Nevada, 160 km North-east of Las Vegas found nearly 20 sites used by ancient hunter-gatherer societies dated back 12000 years.
Archaeologists investigating a parcel near Interstate 10 discovered probably the oldest human tracks found so far in the American Southwest.