At the peak of Maya civilization, something like ten million people lived on the Yucutan Peninsula.  Fewer than a million live there now, near the ruins of Maya culture. 

We know of it now, but the whole story of the Maya people was lost for hundreds of years. 

Explorers found it again in the middle of the 19th century, a tale told in William Carlsen's book Jungle of Stone

Southern Oregon University

For a place that's not a real state, there sure are a lot of things named "Jefferson." 

Those include an annual meeting to discuss history and archaeology in the mythical state of Jefferson, set for next week (May 7-8). 

Recent and not-so-recent developments and discoveries will be discussed. 

Archaeology On The Big Screen

Nov 11, 2014

We don't all have it in us to dig in the dirt for signs of past life and civilizations. 

But we certainly can watch the people who do. 

And there's ample opportunity to watch, as Ashland's ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum presents a series of archaeology films

New Excitement Over Old Caves

Oct 20, 2014

In a world that applauds the latest and greatest, it's refreshing to see a big celebration over some decidedly old information: humans living in south central Oregon more than 14,000 years ago. 

They left a few bits of evidence of their existence in the Paisley Caves. 

And those caves have now been added to a list of the country's most important places. 

Taking Southern Oregon Archaeology National

Jun 16, 2014
Oregon Public Broadcasting

It's not exactly playing in the dirt, but it's close. 

Archaeology allows its practitioners to spend time literally digging up pieces of our history. 

And Southern Oregon University archaeologist Chelsea Rose is getting noticed for it. 

David Glass/Wikimedia

Much of our history is underfoot, literally. 

Archaeology is all about digging into the ground to find clues to previous inhabitants and previous civilizations. 

Digging Up Jacksonville's Chinese Memories

Oct 4, 2013
Southern Oregon Historical Society 5868

When the precious metals in the streams around Jacksonville (Oregon) began to play out in the mid-19th century, many of the white miners abandoned the search for riches.

And that just created opportunities for Chinese miners, their friends, and other workers.