A collection of news articles about archaeology in Idaho

Idaho Archaeology in the News

Ever wonder what kinds of things are going on throughout the state and region regarding archaeology?  Explore archaeology in the news through the blog-style collection of stories below.  Here we have compiled clippings from archaeological news throughout the region since 1989.

February 20, 2018

On October 22, 2015, the Stanley and Mildred Norstebon Family Trust donated a 1 acre parcel holding the Canyon Creek Station to the Bureau of Land Management to manage the site in perpetuity for its historic values. In a ceremony on site on October 29, state director Timothy Murphy received the  title from the Norstebon family. Many partners were involved in making the donation possible, including the Norstebon Family, BLM, Id...

February 14, 2018

Please join IAS in congratulating Carolynne Merill, winner of the BLM 2017 Heritage Heroes award!

Carolynne has been a volunteer with BLM Idaho's archaeology program for the past 15 years and has dedicated her efforts to recording petroglyphs and pictographs on public lands  throughout southern Idaho and other western states.  She has a Master's Degree in Anthropology and is a trained photographer.  In addition to managing a te...

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One of our favorite events of 2015 focused on the Hayman House—what we called "a house of stone with a heart of gold." More important, we loved the story of Erma Andre Madry Hayman. Erma's story is, in many ways, the story of Boise. She lived at 617 Ash St. in a home built from the same type of sandstone as the Idaho Statehouse, which was built the same year in 1907. Erma lived there until she die...


On 17 September, a catamaran will set off into the Pacific Ocean on a week-long cruise back to the Pleistocene. Laden with sonar instruments, the research vessel Shearwater will probe the ocean bottom to find places that were beaches and dry land more than 13,000 years ago, when the sea level was around 100 metres lower. The researchers are hunting for evidence that ancient people lived along this now-sunken coastline as they...

Animal bones, 13 marbles, shoe leather, ceramic shards, a cherry pitter, and the remains of what may be the oldest Basque racket court in town.


The items hint at a picture of life a hundred years ago in Boise’s River Street neighborhood just north of the Boise River. Most closely associated with the city’s African-American community, the neighborhood was in reality a more diverse one with residents from the Basque Country and...

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