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Cliff Dwellers of the Mesa Verde

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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.

Richly illustrated with Nordenskiold's own photographs and drawings which have been digitally remastered for this edition.

"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. In order to trace as far as possible the development of the cliff-dweller culture, I append a survey of the ruins in the South-western states akin to the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, a description of the Moki Indians, the descendants of the ancient Pueblo tribes, and an account, based on the relations of the first Spanish explorers, of the manors and customs of the agricultural town-building Indians in the middle of the sixteenth century. A special part of the work is devoted to a description by Prof. G. Retzius of the crania found during the excavations."

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Dirt, Water, Stone

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They stood empty for centuries, simple dwellings, small villages, and large complexes in the mesa and canyon country of what is now Southwest Colorado. The forces of weather and geology had taken their toll, but many remained remarkably intact.  In the late 19th century they were explored, excavated, and plundered for the pottery, baskets, tools, and even human remainsthey contained. Establishment of Mesa Verde National Park was their only hope for long-term preservation, but it would be a never-ending challenge. Dirt, Water, Stone is the story of that challenge, from the earliest preservation projects to the lessons still being revealed by the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde today.

They stood empty for centuries, simple dwellings, small villages, and large complexes in the mesa and canyon country of what is now Southwest Colorado. The forces of weather and geology had taken their toll, but many remained remarkably intact. In the late 19th century they were explored, excavated, and plundered for the pottery, baskets, tools, and even human remains they contained. Establishment of Mesa Verde National Park was their only hope for long-term preservation, but it would be a never-ending challenge. Dirt, Water, Stone is the story of that challenge, from the earliest preservation projects to the lessons still being revealed by the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde today.

Publication Date: 
2006-01-01

Fire on the Mesa

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Today's visitors to Mesa Verde National Park see a vastly different landscape than their counterparts did a decade ago. In the past ten years, fire has swept over more than half the acreage contained within the park's boundaries. In 2000 alone, two fires encompassed more than 21,000 acres before they were contained. Fire on the Mesa examines the unique environment of Mesa Verde and the changing view of how to best protect it, taking readers inside the day-to-day struggle to combat wildland fire while protecting priceless cultural resources.

Publication Date: 
2006-01-01

Guide to Geology Mesa Verde

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Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906 to protect and study the large concentration of Anasazi Indian sites on the mesa tops, cliffs and canons. Although most of the thousands of visitors to the Park are attracted by the archaeology sites, the spectacular scenery certainly enhances the enjoyment of this area. This book provides first, a road log with brief descriptions of the geology at many viewpoints. The second section contains a more detailed geologic history of the region from some two billion years ago to the present, along with the explanation of some of the basic geological processes at work. References are given throughout the road log too more detailed discussion of specific topics in the second section of the text. A glossary at the end of the book may help with unfamiliar terms. A geological map of Mesa Verde also accompanies this book.

Pictorial Glossy softcover published by Lorraine Press 1990. 88 Pristine Pages with Map.

Images of America Mesa Verde

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Mesa Verde National Park was America's first cultural park and also the world's first cultural heritage park. Created in 1906, it preserves the sites and materials of the prehistoric Puebloan people. Located in southwestern Colorado near the famous Four Corners, where the states of Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico meet, the magnificent Mesa Verde is situated in Montezuma County, just south of Cortez and directly west of Durango. The park's rich archaeological history was played out amid some of the most ruggedly beautiful landscapes in the West. The greater story of the evolution of the park encompasses the Ute people, Theodore Roosevelt, novelist Willa Cather, and other personalities. These remarkable vintage photographs tell that saga, which is as fascinating as that of the Puebloans.

Publication Date: 
2009-04-29

KC Mesa Verde The Story Behind the Scenery

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Mesa Verde protects over 4,000 archaeological sites of Ancestral Puebloan culture - as well as endangered plant species, threatened wildlife, and panoramic views. This 9 x 12 book is overflowing with beautiful photos and interpretive text on this National Park for your enjoyment.

Publication Date: 
1993-01-01

Living & Leaving: Social History of Regional Depopulation

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The Mesa Verde migrations in the thirteenth century were an integral part of a transformative period that forever changed the course of Pueblo history. For more than seven hundred years, Pueblo people lived in the Northern San Juan region of the U.S. Southwest. Yet by the end of the 1200s, tens of thousands of Pueblo people had left the region. Understanding how it happened and where they went are enduring questions 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. The author s analysis explains how different histories and contingencies which were shaped by deeply rooted eastern and western identities, a broad-reaching Aztec-Chaco ideology, and the McElmo Intensification converged, prompting everyone to leave the region. This book will be of interest to southwestern specialists and anyone interested in societal collapse, transformation, and resilience."

Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellers Soto Comic

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Explore history without the confines of time or distance. Dr. Isabel Soto is an archaeologist and world explorer with the skills to go wherever and whenever she needs to research history, solve a mystery, or rescue colleagues in trouble. Readers join Izzy on her journeys and gain knowledge about historical places, eras, and cultures on the way.

Publication Date: 
2010-02-01

Mesa Verde NP Pocket Portfolio

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Today, Mesa Verde is relatively remote and most of us reach it only after hours of driving. It might be difficult to unbend enough to appreciate such a place if it were truly trapped in the past, but Mesa Verde is very much alive. The plants and creatures familiar to the people who lived here long ago are all around us still. This book of images and journal like entries of the author beautifully illustrates dwellings and natrual resources of Mesa Verde.

Each title in this beautiful, affordably priced series features spectacular color photography and exquisite reproductions. Expanded interpretive captions and beautifully written essays provide in-depth information on the human and natural histories of the park or region covered.

Publication Date: 
1998-11-01

Mesa Verde Park Smarts for Kids

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Explore your knowledge of Mesa Verde National Park with this fun activity book!  Color pictures, solve puzzles and connect-the-dots, search and find objects that you may see in the park and much more.  Inside are 24 pages of fun things to do:  3 crossword puzzles, 3 word search puzzles, 3 mazes, 3 connect-the-dots, 2 what's different games, 1 search and find game and 6 coloring pages.

Mesa Verde Shadows of the Centuries

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Originally published in 1988, "Mesa Verde National Park: Shadows of the Centuries" is an engaging and artfully illustrated history of an enigmatic assemblage of canyons and mesas tucked into the southwestern corner of Colorado. Duane A. Smith recounts the dramatic 1888 "discovery" of the cliff dwellings and other Anasazi ruins and the ensuing twenty-year campaign to preserve them. Smith also details the resulting creation of a national park in 1906 and assesses the impact of more recent developments - railroads and highways, air pollution, and the growing significance of tourism - on the park's financial and ecological vitality. This revised and completely redesigned edition includes more than 50 illustrations and will be enjoyed by readers interested in environmental, Western, and Colorado history.

Publication Date: 
2002-11-26

Mesa Verde The First 100 Years

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In 2006 Mesa Verde celebrates its first century as a national park. This book celebrates the park as a whole: From its surprising eighteenth-century discovery to the establishment of the park (thanks to a group of nineteenth-century women) to the inspiration it has sparked in the likes of Willa Cather and Ann Zwinger. Beautifully illustrated with historic and full-color photos and filled with modern essays and fascinating historic extracts, Mesa Verde National Park is both a keepsake and a wealth of information on a beloved national park and World Cultural Heritage Site.

Beautifully illustrated with historic and full-color photos and filled with modern essays and fascinating historic extracts, this book is a wealth of information on a beloved national park and World Cultural Heritage Site.

Publication Date: 
2006-04-01

Mesa Verde World Explorations in Anc Pueblo Arch

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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."

Publication Date: 
2006-05-01

Mesa Verde's Hidden Landscapes: Designing a National Park

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This book is not eligible for member discounts.

New Deal Days

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They fought fires, built roads, constructed dioramas, and put Dolores’s jail in the river. They were Mesa Verde’s CCC Boys. In 1932 at least one out of every four workers in the United States was jobless, perhaps as many as one-third. Slashed paychecks and shortened hours confronted many of the rest. One of the major problems proved hard to solve: So many of those out of work were young men, with few prospects and limited skills. 

In 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt launched his New Deal. He would tinker, change, and experiment to save American capitalism and democracy. One of his most successful experiments was the Civilian Conservation Corps, the CCC, aimed at those desperate young men at home and wandering about the country.

They fought fires, built roads, constructed dioramas, and put Dolores's jail in the river. They were Mesa Verde's CCC Boys. In 1932 at least one of every four workers in the United States was jobless, perhaps as many as one-third. Slashed paychecks and shortened hours confronted many of the rest. One of the major problems proved hard to solve: So many of those out of work were young men, with few prospects and limited skills. In 1933, Franklin Delano Roosevelt launched his New Deal. He would tinker, change, and experiment to save American capitalism and democracy. One of his most successful experiments was the Civilian Conservation Corps, the CCC, aimed at those desperate young men at home and wandering about the country.

Publication Date: 
2006-01-01

Our Trip to Mesa Verde 1922

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Four adventuresome young college ladies decided in 1922 to walk from Ouray through Dove Creek and Cortez to Mesa Verde, returning via Lake City. Photographs and illustrations of their trip are included in this little book.

Publication Date: 
1997-12-01

Photographing Mesa Verde

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Fifteen years before Mesa Verde became a national park, a young Swedish scientist explored and photographed its landscape and cultural sites. Clambering up and down sheer cliffs while hauling heavy, cumbersome equipment, Gustaf Nordenskiöld produced vivid images. Publication of his comprehensive study of the ancient ruins the following year brought worldwide attention to the area.  

For the centennial year of Nordenskiöld’s work, two couples carefully recreated his photographs. The resultant images contrast the natural and human-inflicted damages of centuries with the stabilized structures visible today. Photographing Mesa Verde presents those images along with a fascinating narrative about Nordenskiöld’s work at Mesa Verde.

Fifteen years before Mesa Verde became a national park, a young Swedish scientist explored and photographed its landscape and cultural sites. Clambering up and down sheer cliffs while hauling heavy, cumbersome equipment. Gustaf Nordenskiold produced vivid images. Publication of his comprehensive study of the ancient ruins the following year brought worldwide attention to the area. For the centennial year of Nordenskiold's work, two couples fully recreated his photographs. The resultant images contrast the natural and human-inflicted damages of centuries with the stabilized structures visible today. Photographing Mesa Verde presents those images along with a fascinating narrative about Nordenskiold's work at Mesa Verde.

Publication Date: 
2006-01-01

Postcard Bk Mesa Verde

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Share the splendor and beauty of America's National Parks and natural areas with these postcard books. Each title features the work of America's finest landscape photographers.

Prelude to Tapestries in Stone

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This book is the most up-to-date interpretation of one of the largest cliff dwellings in North America, Cliff Palace. Water seeping into Cliff Palace in late November 1995 threatened the integrity of the site. Part of the mitigation plan included architectural documentation of the most threatened areas in Courtyard Complexes M and J during the winter of 1995-96. This architectural documentation study revealed that there were 151 rooms, 75 other architectural spaces, and 21 kivas in Cliff Palace from AD 1278-1280. Only 25 of the rooms had hearths, implying that they were the only ones used as living rooms. The author thinks these were the residential quarters of a small caretaker population of 25-30 households. Other rooms and open areas may have been used by people who came from other areas and used Cliff Palace for only a short period each year. Included with this report is a full color poster map of Cliff Palace.This book is not eligible for member discounts.

S Mesa Verde Life Earth Sky

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Discover the mysteries of Mesa Verde! A high quality photographic reference for Mesa Verde National Park. The author Susan Lamb shows-off her interpretive skills of the ancestral and modern Puebloan people and natural and human history. This book explores the ancestral Puebloans of Mesa Verde. Where did they go and why? What made them leave behind their extensive dwellings. Includes detailed maps and descriptive text. The proceeds from this book are donated to Mesa Verde National Park.

This stunningly beautiful, oversized (10x13) book is lavishly illustrated with breathtaking color imagery by American's leading landscape photographers. In addition to the stunning photography, the book also includes detailed maps of the park and region and insightful, heartfelt narratives detailing the park's natural and human histories.

Publication Date: 
2001-04-01

This Is Mesa Verde

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Mesa Verde lies in southwestern Colorado with beautiful scenic views of the houses built into the rocks. It is a great book for those who are visiting or have visited. It is also great for those who want to read up on history without 200 pages worth of context. Dimensions: 7.8 x 7.8

Travels & Travails

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They rode or drove over steep, narrow trails with precipitous falls rewarding any mistake. They slept in primitive cabins and tents and faced water shortages. These were the pioneering tourists. Welcome to their world. Travels and Travails takes a look at tourism at Mesa Verde National Park over the past century.

Publication Date: 
2005-01-01

Two Raven House

$19.99

A monograph in the Wetherill Mesa Project in the Archeological Research Series.On a sunny day in May of 1960, Jerry Melbye found the rubbled ruins of a small pueblo in an open glade of sagebrush. A steel stake bearing a site number was driven into the mound and it was recorded that here was a single story house of from 9 to 12 rooms fronted by a kiva and an extensive trash mound. The report is largely descriptive with a minimum of interpretation and no attempt to define archeology or spell out cultural history.

Water Mysteries of Mesa Verde

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When Kenneth Wright went hiking through Mesa Verde National Park with his wife, he didn't expect to be pulled into a research project on ancient waterworks. But he was. It started with a structure called the Morefield Mound. The use of this structure had been debated by scientists all over the world. Using the science of paleohydrology--the study of water use and water handling by ancient people--Wright and his researchers were able to prove that this and other similar sights in the park were in fact reservoirs for ancient peoples who lived in Mesa Verde. This enthralling book meticulously recounts the intelligence, the ingenuity, and the forethought of our ancestors.

Publication Date: 
2006-05-15