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You can read about them at Popular Archaeology, a digital magazine dedicated to bringing these discoveries out of the field and scholarly journals to you in plain language. As the title suggests, it is the world’s most popular exclusively digital general archaeology magazine. We publish high quality original content for discriminating readers of the general public who have come to expect content similar to what can be found in the major print magazines. Most of our writers and contributors are either pioneering professionals, top experts in their fields, professional journalists, or individuals relating first-hand experiences. Because the content is produced by a very broad spectrum of contributors, you will see more major feature articles in a single issue than what you would typically find in any other single archaeology-related magazine issue, with the same content quality. And finally, although access to much of our content is free, you get access to our in-depth, premium level articles (our finest content!), including many BACK ISSUE premium articles, for only a nominal $9.00 annually. 

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Footprints in the Silt

Digging into First Century Jerusalem’s Rich and Famous

Unearthing the Opulence

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Our Team

As Founder and Editor of Popular Archaeology Magazine, Dan McLerran is a freelance writer and journalist specializing in archaeology. He has been an active participant on archaeological excavations in the U.S. and abroad. He is the creator and administrator of Archaeological Digs, a popular weblog about archaeological excavation and field school opportunities.

Nina Mittendorf is our blogger. She holds a MA in Forensic Archaeology, a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology, and currently works as a field archaeologist in Canada, where she resides.


Robert H. Gargett, Ph.D, is a member of the Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship. While currently serving as an editor at Popular Archaeology, his primary research interest is advancing knowledge of how hominids became human. He received his BA Hons in Archaeology at Simon Fraser University in 1987, a PhD in Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1994, and had a lectureship in Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology at the University of New England, NSW, Australia, from 1996 to 1999. He has, in aggregate, 27 months of field experience in southern central British Columbia (Salishan), Israel (Middle Palaeolithic), France (Mesolithic), Australia, California’s Coast Range, and its Central Valley and Great Basin desert regions. Among his writings: “Grave Shortcomings: The Evidence for Neandertal Burial” (Current Anthropology, 1989), Cave bears and modern human origins: The spatial taphonomy of Pod hradem cave, Czech Republic, and “Middle Palaeolithic Burial is Not a Dead Issue: The View from Qafzeh, Saint-Césaire, Kebara, Amud, and Dederiyeh” (Journal of Human Evolution, 1999).


Ashley Richter is the author of the blog, Adventures in Digital Archaeology. She is a laser scanning, 3D printing, digital archaeologist and artist. She holds a BA Joint Honours in Archaeology and Ancient History from The Castle a.k.a. University College, Durham University; a MA in Archaeology and Heritage from the University of Leicester, and a second MA in Anthropological Archaeology as a National Science Foundation researcher in cultural heritage diagnostics at the University of California, San Diego with the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology at the Qualcomm Institute, the UCSD branch of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. She has undertaken field work in the United States, the United Kingdom, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, and most recently, all over Italy. She has published and presented on the evolution of digital and cyberarchaeology, archaeological visualization, the ethics of digital heritage, the role of archaeology and interdisciplinary collaborative research in technological development, and the importance of public archaeology and technological education outreach. Her current project is Open Access Antiquarianism— a collaborative project between archaeologists and computer scientists on the intersection between art, archaeology and technology to encourage people to access and become active with digital heritage.

Shmuel Browns serves as our photojournalist correspondent on location. He lives in Jerusalem where he is a licensed tour guide who specializes in leading tours to archaeological and nature sites throughout Israel. He is passionate about the country and sharing it’s history with visitors. As a photographer, Shmuel uses his guiding knowledge of landscapes to identify special places to take photographs. He is happy to guide for professional photographers, taking them off the beaten track to locations where they can be creative and shoot. Shmuel blogs about his guiding experiences and shares his photographs at http://israeltours.wordpress.com/ Photo courtesy Michael Parkin


Mark Hallum was a student of History and Anthropology at Northern Arizona University. He has undergraduate field experience in archaeology, with a special historical interest in imperialism and medicine. He is also a freelance writer of health, entertainment, art, and history articles. He plans to pursue journalism as an occupation. His professional background consists of social media marketing and management.


Jesse Holth is a freelance writer and editor with a background in archaeology, history, and science. She has previously worked with the Royal BC Museum, the University of Victoria, and World Elephant Day. Jesse has degrees in English and Anthropology, specializing in Archaeology. She is passionate about history, education, and conservation.


Patrick D. Hahn is an Affiliate Professor of Biology at Loyola University Maryland and a freelance writer. His writing has also appeared inBiology-Online,Loyola Magazine,Natural News, theCanada Free Press, and the Baltimore Sun. He is a frequent contributing writer for Popular Archaeology.

Arianna Zakrzewski is an intern and writer for Popular Archaeology. She is also a recent graduate from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. She has had an interest in archaeology since elementary school, specifically Egyptology and the Classics. In recent years, she has also gained an interest in historical archaeology, and has spent time in the field working in St. Mary’s City, Maryland, participating in excavation and archival research. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in archaeology.

See the list of our distinguished contributing article writers on the Authors page linked in the top menu above. (Authors are listed based on individual articles published, thus some of the authors’ names may be duplicated within the list.)

Contributing Partners*

Maya Research Program

Egypt Exploration Society

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Global Heritage Fund

Mesoamerican Research Center (El Pilar)

Human Origins Program, Smithsonian Institution

Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

Archaeology Department, George Washington’s Mount Vernon

The subject matter and views expressed by article authors do not necessarily reflect the views of Popular Archaeology.

*Organizations whose membership or staff have contributed in a significant way to published content.

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