New World

Incan, Aztec, Native American, and other cultures native to the New World, as well as those cultures imported by colonists during the Medieval and Renaissance period.

Origins of Rhode Island tower investigated

An Arizona-based research is looking for clues to the origin of a Rhode Island landmark. Many conflicting stories surround the Old Stone Tower in Newport, including the theory that it was built by twelfth-century Norse travelers.

Seeking Answers to Columbus Riddles

"Genovese nobleman or Catalan pirate? Adventurous explorer or greedy tyrant? What if the Italian gentleman who discovered America was in fact a brutal torturer and slave owner? And what if he wasn't even Italian?" Two Spanish scholars hope to answer some of the long-debated questions about Christopher Columbus using newly obtained evidence.

Researchers seek sunken Spanish colony ship

In 1526, Luis Vasquez de Ayllon attempted to establish a Spanish colony on the coast of what is now the state of Georgia. He ran his vessel aground off the South Carolina coast, and it all began to go horribly wrong. Now researchers are looking for the wrecked flagship of the colony expedition.

Today in the Middle Ages: October 2, 1535

On October 2, during his second voyage to North America, Jacques Cartier came to a town which he renamed "Montreal."

Today in the Middle Ages: September 29, 1513

Vasco Núñez de Balboa became the first European to see the Pacific Ocean on September 29, 1513.

Canada's First French Settlement Found

Archaeologists have solved a great mystery of Canadian history: the location of Jacques Cartier's 1541 settlement Fort Charlesbourg-Royal. The recent discovery of a 465-year-old pottery shard has placed the site near present day Quebec City.

Search on for Florida's First Settlement

Don Tristan de Luna y Arellano is recognized as the founder of the first European settlement in Florida which was established near Pensacola in 1559. The settlement was destroyed by a hurricane two years later. Now, with the 450th anniversary approaching, archaeologists are searching for the site.

750 Years of American Independence Celebrated

On July 26, 2006, Wikipedia honored the 750th anniversary of American independence with a special feature and a parade to the White House.

Oldest North American Settlement Found - Quebec City

The Government of Quebec is to spend CDN$8 million on excavating a site believed to be the site of a fort built by Jacques Cartier built during his third and final voyage to the French colony.

Jamestown Excavations Shed New Light on Early Colony

Recent excavations at Jamestown, Virginia are making researchers rethink their knowledge of what life in the early 17th century British colony was like.

Got mead?

Alberta, Canada beekeepers are hoping the province's move to allow a cottage wine industry to develop for an ancient beverage will create a buzz among liquor connoisseurs.

"Tropical Stonehenge" Found in Amazon Rainforest

Scientists have uncovered a ring of stones in the Amazon jungle near Sao Paulo, Brazil, that they are calling the "Tropical Stonehenge."

Today in the Middle Ages: July 1, 1520

Hernan Cortes and his soldiers fled the city of Tenochtitlan on July 1, 1520, an event traditionally remembered as "La Noche Triste."

Today in the Middle Ages: June 18, 1541

Hernando de Soto, the Spanish-born explorer and conquistador, crossed the Mississippi River westward on or about June 18, 1541.

In Search of the Lost Mission of Santa Isabel de Utinahica

Amateur archaeologists in the state of Georgia are on a mission - or looking for one: the lost mission of Santa Isabel de Utinahica, built in the 17th century somewhere near Jacksonville.

Replica of Godspeed to Sail

The Godspeed is set to sail this summer. A replica of the 17th century ship that carried the first settlers to Jamestown, Virginia, the ship will be touring the East Coast of the United States.

Spain Claims Remains of Columbus

The mystery continues. After years of testing, Spanish researchers are claming that their country possesses the bones of explorer Christopher Columbus.

Kensington Runestone May Hold Secret Code

Ben Tracy of Minneapolis' WCCO reports on the "secret code" contained in the famous Kensington Runestone. The stone, discovered 100 years ago near Alexandria, Minnesota, bears a carved inscription dating to 1362.

New York Gallery Explores Gothic Revival in USA

A new museum-quality show presents Gothic Revival furniture and architecture from 19th century America.

"Treasures" Found in Jamestown Well

A recently-discovered well in Jamestown, Virginia has turned out to be a treasure trove of artifacts from the area's early residents including tobacco seeds, shells, fish bones, and a child's leather shoe.

Swords and swordplay entertain and educate public at Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Two SCA members who also cross over into 18th century fencing reenactment in the New World were among those who entertained and educated the public at the Pottstown, Pennsylvania May Day Festival. The Pottstown Mercury has the story, courtesy of Evan Brandt.

Heyerdahl Sails Again; Re-enactor's Descendant Repeats his Feat

The grandson of Thor Heyerdahl is re-enacting his grandfather's 1947 re-enactment of a hypothetical ancient voyage from South America to the Polynesian islands.

Today in the Middle Ages: May 13, 1501

Amerigo Vespucci departed Lisbon on May 13, 1501 on the voyage that would put his name on two continents.

Today in the Middle Ages: April 28, 1521

The final defeat of the Aztec empire began when Hernan Cortes laid siege to the capital city of Tenochtitlan on April 28, 1521.

Cultural Icons Among Most Endangered Wonders

Newsweek has listed three iconic medieval structures among the Seven Most Endangered Wonders of the World.

"Stitch Counters" Cause Cancellation of Civil War Re-enactment

Some former participants are blaming "stitch counters," elitists who demand extreme authenticity for reenactors, for the cancellation of this year's staging of the Civil War Battle of Selma (Alabama).

Identity of Jamestown Skeleton Still Unknown

Extensive DNA testing has yet to reveal the identity of a skeleton found in the Jamestown, Virginia excavations. Researchers now doubt that the remains belong to Captain Bartholomew Gosnold.

6th Century Pyramid Found under Mexican Passion Play Site

As many as a million Mexicans have watched an annual reenactment of the crucifixion of Christ unaware that a pyramid of the Teotihuacan culture lay under the soil on which they stood.

Naval Construction Site Yields 16th Century Shipwreck

The Associated Press reports that a construction crew working at Pensacola's Naval Air Station in Florida has discovered a 16th century Spanish ship buried in the sand.

Columbus mystery nearly solved 500 yrs after death

Debate about origins and final resting place of Columbus has raged for over a century, with historians questioning the traditional theory that he hails from Genoa, Italy. Some say he was a Spanish Jew, a Greek, a Basque or Portuguese.