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Enjoy this collection of Stereo 3D views of Mesa Verde. Includes more than 20 images of Mesa Verde's most iconic cliff dwellings, and two pairs of 3D glasses.

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

Fire on the Mesa


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.

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Guide to Geology Mesa Verde


Although most of the thousands of visitors to Mesa Verde National Park are attracted by the archaeology sites, the spectacular scenery certainly enhances the enjoyment of this area. Broken into two sections 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 geological map of Mesa Verde accompanies this book.

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Images of America Mesa Verde


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.

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KC Mesa Verde The Story Behind the Scenery


Mesa Verde, The Story Behind the Scenery, provides a sensitive and balanced look at the cliff dwellings--nestled in cliff alcoves and somehow shrouded in mystery--that are synonymous with Mesa Verde National Park. The legacy of the Ancestral Puebloan culture, formerly referred to a the Anasazi, is documented in detail in this enchanting book, providing a window into the forces that shaped the civilization over some 10,000 years.

An exciting and lavishly illustrated book, Mesa Verde, The Story Behind the Scenery, details not only the native American cultural phenomena, but gifts the reader with a view the passion behind the creation of this only "cultural park" in the National Park system.

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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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Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellers Soto Comic


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.

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Mesa Verde Park Smarts for Kids


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:  crossword puzzles, word search puzzles, mazes, coloring pages, and more.

Mesa Verde Shadows of the Centuries


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.

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Mesa Verde The First 100 Years


In 2006 Mesa Verde celebrated 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.

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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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Mesa Verde's Hidden Landscapes: Designing a National Park


This book is based on a cultural landscape inventory of Mesa Verde National Park's early development.  The landscapes described in this book are historic designed landscapes – a landscape that was consciously designed or laid out by a landscape architect, master gardener, architect, or horticulturist according to design principle.  

This book desribes Mesa Verde's early development as a National Park.  The headquarters loop at Mesa Verde is considered an historic designed cultural landscape because it is connected with an historically important person, Jesse Nusbaum; the activities of the Civilian Conservation Corps; and the 1930s movement of national park master planning.  

This book is created out of a deep interest and respect for those who have endeavored to undertake the often difficult task of making national park resources available to the public while protecting the resources themselves.  Cpntains 22 maps and more than 100 historic black and white photographs.

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New Deal Days


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.

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Our Trip to Mesa Verde 1922


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.

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Postcard Bk Mesa Verde


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.

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Prelude to Tapestries in Stone


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.

S Mesa Verde Life Earth Sky


Author Susan Lamb demonstrates an exceptional interprative knowledge of the Ancestral Puebloans, in this stunningly beautiful photographic reference for Mesa Verde National Park. Insightful and heartfelt narratives detailing the park's natural and human histories allows readers to explore some of the mysteries of Mesa Verde. Also includes detailed maps of the park and region. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of this book are donated to Mesa Verde National Park.

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This Is Mesa Verde


This Is Mesa Verde has stunning photographs and interpretive text that allow you, the reader, to learn more about the beauty and wonder that Mesa Verde has to offer each visitor.

"As Ancestral Pueblo people settled down and clustered together, individual families no longer had to do everything for themselves. Those who were especially good at hunting or farming could provide for others outside their own home, while artisans had more time to work on tools, baskets, clothing, and jewelry. Rooted where they could keep their materials and surrounded by others with a need for their work, artisans made objects of great beauty as well as utility". – Susan Lamb, This Is Mesa Verde

Two Raven House


A monograph in the Wetherill Mesa Project in the Archaeological Research Series.On a sunny day in May of 1960, Jerry Melbye found the rubble 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 archaeology or spell out cultural history.

Water Mysteries of Mesa Verde


After a hiking expedition in Mesa Verde National Park, Ken Wright was pulled into the mystery of the Morefield Mount—a structure that had been the basis for many contradictory opinions by scientists all over the world.  Was it a reservoir?  A dance platform?  An errosional terrace remnant of the Pleistocene era?  All of these theories had been postulated earlier by scientists.  Wright wanted to end the debate.

Using the science of paleohydrology—the study of water use and water handling by ancient peoples—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.

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Wetherills Friends of Mesa Verde


Wildflowers of Mesa Verde


This book is a visitor's guide to some of the more commonly seen plants of Mesa Verde National Park.  It was inspired by Stephen Wenger's wonderful book, Flowers of Mesa Verde National Park, that was published over thirty years ago by the Mesa Verde Museum Association.  To facilitate identification of the plants, both a close-up of the flower or cone as well as a photo of the entire plant are included for each of the featured wildflowers, tree, shrubs, cacti, and grasses.  Uses by Indians and ecological information have been incorporated into the book.  There is a place at the bottom of each page to record when and where each plant was first seen.  Invasive plants that have created problems in the area are discussed in a special section at the end of the book.

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Windows of the Past


Windows of the Past is a stunning collection of nearly 200 photographs from the famous landmarks to the subtlest of intimate details of America's Southwest.  

Florence C. Lister, whose evocative essay, "The Prehistoric Drama" is included in this title, has been active in Southwestern prehistoric and Spanish colonial archaeology for more than half a century.  A distinguished archaeologist and educator, she has authored many technical reports and books for the general public. 

With Picks Shovels & Hope


At the height of the Great Depression, two of America's richest resources—its young men and its public lands—were in peril.  As unemployed young me despaired at their prospects for earning a living for themselves and their families, choking dust storms stripped away farmland and fire ravaged the nation's forests.  Only days after taking office in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt launched a new program to help save both treasures.

Within months, the Civilian Conservation Corps had put three-quarters of a million young men to work restoring forests and farmland, building infrastructure, and fighting fires in America's national public lands.  Many workers were sent far from home, including thousands who came west to the Colorado Plateau.  In this high, dry, and lonesome setting, they encountered natural beauty unlike anything they had ever seen, as ell as challenges they could not have imagined.  With Picks, Shovels & Hope tells their story.

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