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Making Primitive Fire

Making Primitive Fire

As I analyze and think of how fire was initially created by our early ancestors, I raise more questions than answers. Was fire made by accident? Was it an evolutionary trait caused by increased nutrition and cognitive development? Or was fire well thought... (more...)

Hohokam Pottery (Part 2)

Hohokam Pottery (Part 2)

Back in late 2018 I published a blog article introducing readers to Hohokam ceramics. Hohokam pottery vessels are some of the most amazing works of art across the American Southwest. Known for their complex design elements, vivid colors, and unique iconography... (more...)

Making Pottery

Making Pottery

Part one: Making pottery, by Jeff Martin When analyzing prehistoric people in the American Southwest, How do we define different cultures? Some people might say by religion or ethnicity. Indeed, that is partly correct. However, in archaeology we go beyond... (more...)

Making the Sinew Backed Bow

Making the Sinew Backed Bow

When prehistoric peoples crossed the Bering Strait they discovered lands very rich in resources. Water was plentiful, vegetation was diverse, and wild game moved more slowly and yielded heavy amounts of meat. Some of the first people that crossed the... (more...)

Archaeology In the Dells

Archaeology In the Dells

The Granite Dells located in Prescott, Arizona is truly a unique area that attracts thousands of locals and visitors wanting to experience everything nature has to offer. Some of the most popular activities include hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking,... (more...)

Hohokam Pottery (Part 1)

Hohokam Pottery (Part 1)

One of the most fascinating study areas in Hohokam archaeology is the analization of ceramics. Hohokam potters made two primary types of pottery with many different shapes and styles. The fist type is a plain ware that was fired in oxidation. Plain wares... (more...)

Hohokam Jewelry

Hohokam Jewelry

When archaeologists analyze the prehistoric Hohokam of the Phoenix valley we truly see a high culture society that was highly organized and built monumental structures. In Hohokam archaeology we are finding more evidence of a ranking system with the... (more...)

Making Traditional Arrows

Making Traditional Arrows

by Jeff Martin Past cultures and their means of making bows and arrows have always been an interest of mine. As a young boy, I remember visiting museums throughout the West with my Grandmother. I had a deep fascination towards the Native American way... (more...)

Hohokam Snaketown Points

Hohokam Snaketown Points

All archaeologists agree, the prehistoric Hohokam of the Phoenix Valley were an amazing people whom forced us to reexamine the way we view agriculture in the early Americas. Ancestral to O’odham people, the Hohokam were an early culture living... (more...)

Crafting a Prehistoric Style Necklace

Crafting a Prehistoric Style Necklace

About six years ago I first heard of Argillite and its use in pre-historic Arizona. After traveling to multiple museums and looking at their jewelry collections, I noticed a beautiful and brilliant red stone that was made into necklaces, beads, pins,... (more...)

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