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Anasazi America: 17 Centuries on the Road from Center Place


David E. Stuart incorporates extensive new research findings through groundbreaking archaeology to explore the rise and fall of the Chaco Anasazi and how it parallels patterns throughout modern societies in this new edition. Adding new research findings on caloric flows in prehistoric times and investigating the evolutionary dynamics induced by these forces as well as exploring the consequences of an increasingly detached central Chacoan decision-making structure, Stuart argues that Chaco's failure was a failure to adapt to the consequences of rapid growth--including problems with the misuse of farmland, malnutrition, loss of community, and inability to deal with climatic catastrophe.

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Ancient Ind of SW 101 Questions


This intriguing book surveys the history, culture, and lifestyles of the ancient Indians of the Southwest through 101 questions. Who were the first people who lived in the Southwest? What did they do for fun? What were their houses like? Where did they go? Learn how you are different from these ancient Indians—and how you are almost the same.

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Ancient Peoples of Amer SW


Ten thousand years ago, humans first colonized this seemingly inhospitable landscape with its scorching hot deserts and upland areas that drop below freezing even during the early summer months. The initial hunter-gatherer bands gradually adapted to become sedentary village groups. The high point of Southwestern civilization was reached with the emergence of cultures known as Anasazi, Hohokam, and Mogollon in the first millennium AD Interweaving the latest archaeological evidence with early first-person accounts, Stephen Plog explains the rise and mysterious fall of Southwestern cultures. For this revised edition, he discusses new research and its implications for our understanding of the prehistoric Southwest. As he concludes, the Southwest is still home to vibrant Native American communities who carry on many of the old traditions.

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Cliff Dwellers of the Mesa Verde


In 1891, Swedish scientist Gustaf Nordenskiold studied, explored, and photographed many of Mesa Verde’s cliff dwellings. Considered by many to be the first true archeologist at Mesa Verde, his book, The Cliff Dwellers of the Mesa Verde, was the first extensive record of its cliff dwellings. This edition is richly illustrated with Nordenskiold's own drawings and photographs which have been digitally remastered.

"The summer and autumn of 1891 I passed through Colorado, engaged upon investigations of the remarkable cliff dwellings scattered in the canons of an extensive plateau, the Mesa Verde, in the southwest of the state. The present work is the result of those researches. It contains a description of the ruins, an account of the excavations carried out there and of the objects discovered." - G. Nordenskiold, Preface

Cliff Dwellings Speak


The Cliff Dwellings Speak empowers Southwestern travelers to decipher remnants from the past. It covers cliff dwellings from Colorado and Utah in the North, in Arizona and New Mexico and even into Northern Mexico.

This is not your typical guidebook. It does not disclose site locations nor name the ancient ruins. Instead, it guides the explorer around a site in Sherlock Holmes fashion, providing clear tools for understanding cliff dwellings. It is an introduction to Southwestern archaeology and the culture of the current Pueblo people, descendants of the cliff dwellers.

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History of the Ancient SW


Stephen H. Lekson weaves together the parallel narratives of a political history of the pre-Hispanic American Southwest and a critical intellectual history of southwestern archaeology. Writing in an engaging, literate, and humorous style, Lekson casts the ancient Southwest as the revolving scene of dramatic events played out by elites and commoners, locals and foreigners, imitators and innovators. The strikingly communal, democratic, and settled nature of historic Pueblo peoples is seen as a deliberate cultural reaction to a far darker past when kings ruled. Likewise, the author reacts to archaeology's preoccupation with being scientific and explaining cultural processes at the expense of understanding history.

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House of Rain


The greatest "unsolved mystery" of the American Southwest is the fate of the Anasazi. Was it drought? Pestilence? War? Forced migration, mass murder or suicide? Conflicting theories have abounded for years, capturing the North American imagination for eons.

Join Craig Childs as he draws on the latest scholarly research, as well as a lifetime of exploration in the forbidden landscapes of the American Southwest, to shed new light on this compelling mystery.

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Kokopelli Magic Mirth & Mischief


Kokopelli, ancient humpbacked flute player, is the Southwest's most popular icon. Presented here are more than 300 flute player images, including a great many that have never been published. Along with new information about the meaning and origin of Kokopelli, some of it challenges our current understanding of this unmistakable character.

Included are examples of flute players in the rock art of other cultures around the world, providing cultural comparisons of this archetypal motif. A discussion of flute lore underscores the special role of the instrument among many indigenous peoples and its near-universal association with courtship, love, and seduction.

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Leaving Mesa Verde: Peril & Change in 13th Century SW


It is one of the great mysteries in the archaeology of the Americas: the depopulation of the northern Southwest in the late thirteenth-century AD. Considering the numbers of people affected, the distances moved, the permanence of the departures, the severity of the surrounding conditions, and the human suffering and culture change that accompanied them, the abrupt conclusion to the farming way of life in this region is one of the greatest disruptions in recorded history.

Emerging from the paleoenvironmental and archaeological investigations of fifteen scientists is a highly pertinent story of conflict and disruption influenced by climate change, environmental degradation, and social rigidity. The overall picture that results from these scientific contributions recognizes an era having witnessed a competition between differing social and economic organizations, in which selective migration was considerably hastened by severe climatic, environmental, and social upheaval.

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Living & Leaving: Social History of Regional Depopulation


Understanding the question of where and why the Ancient Puebloans of the Northern San Juan Region in the American Southwest departed after more than 700 years of residency, has been central to Southwestern Archaeology. Much of the focus on this topic has been directed at understanding the role of climate change, drought, violence, and population pressure. The role of social factors, particularly religious change and sociopolitical organization, are less well understood.

Bringing together multiple lines of evidence, including settlement patterns, pottery exchange networks, and changes in ceremonial and civic architecture, this book takes a historical perspective that naturally forefronts the social factors underlying the depopulation of Mesa Verde. Author Donna M. Glowacki shows how "living and leaving" were experienced across the region and what role differing stressors and enablers had in causing emigration. 

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Living the Ancient Southwest


How did Southwestern peoples make a living in the vast arid reaches of the Great Basin? When and why did violence erupt in the Mesa Verde region? Who were the Fremont people? How do some Hopis view Chaco Canyon? These are just a few of the topics addressed in Living the Ancient Southwest.

In this illustrated anthology, readers will discover chapters written over the past several decades by anthropologist-writers. They speak about the beauty and originality of Mimbres pottery, the rock paintings in Canyon de Chelly, the history of the Wupatki Navajos, O odham songs describing ancient trails to the Pacific Coast, and other subjects relating to the deep indigenous history and culture of the American Southwest."

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Mesa Verde World Explorations in Anc Pueblo Arch


Mesa Verde, with its stunning landscapes and cliff dwellings, evokes all the romance of American archaeology. It has intrigued researchers and visitors for more than a century. But Mesa Verde represents more than cliff dwellings its peoples created a culture that thrived for a thousand years in Southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. Archaeologists have discovered dozens of long-buried hamlets and villages spread for miles across the Great Sage Plain west and north of Mesa Verde. Only lately have these sites begun to reveal their secrets.

In recent decades, archaeologists have been working intensively in the Mesa Verde region to build the story of its ancestral Pueblo inhabitants. The Mesa Verde World showcases new findings about the region s prehistory, environment, and archaeological history, from newly discovered reservoir systems on Mesa Verde to astronomical alignments at Yellow Jacket Pueblo. Key topics include farming, settlement, sacred landscapes, cosmology and astronomy, rock art, warfare, migration, and contemporary Pueblo perspectives."

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Postcard Bk Ruins of SW


Many who visit this region plan their trips expecting to see spectacular landscapes preserved for their scenic value. Few leave disappointed but most return home enchanted, not by the scenery but by the human history of the ancient peoples who first inhabited this country.

Puebloan Ruins of SW

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This volume offers a complete picture of Puebloan culture from its prehistoric beginnings through twenty-five hundred years of growth and change, ending with the modern-day Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and Arizona. Aerial and ground photographs, over 325 in colour, and sixty settlement plans provide an armchair trip to ruins that are open to the public and that may be visited or viewed from nearby. Included, too, are the living Pueblos from Taos in north central New Mexico along the Rio Grande Valley to Isleta, and westward through Acoma and Zuni to the Hopi Pueblos in Arizona. In addition to the architecture of the ruins, 'Puebloan Ruins of the Southwest' gives a detailed overview of the Pueblo Indians' lifestyles including their spiritual practices, food, clothing, shelter, physical appearance, tools, government, water management, trade, ceramics, and migrations.

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Those Who Came Before w DVD


An essential reference for anyone interested in southwestern archaeology, Those Who Came Before is a substantially revised and expanded overview of the legacy of prehistoric cultures of the American Southwest, as preserved and interpreted be the National Park Service in more than 37 sites. It includes duotone photos from the George A. Grant Collection plus a color portfolio by George H.H. Huey. It also comes with a companion DVD!

Ancestral Puebloans