Chaco Canyon

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New Mexico, northwestern corner. Here, amidst the greasewood bushes and clouds of dry, sandy soil, are the silent ruins of colossal mud and wooden houses, a mysterious remnant of an ancient civilization. In Chaco Canyon, readers learn about the discovery of these amazing structures and follow generations of archaeologists as they uncover the secrets of the canyon's past. A veritable early Native American detective story, the book includes numerous sidebars on archaeological techniques, timelines, related sites, ...
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New Mexico, northwestern corner. Here, amidst the greasewood bushes and clouds of dry, sandy soil, are the silent ruins of colossal mud and wooden houses, a mysterious remnant of an ancient civilization. In Chaco Canyon, readers learn about the discovery of these amazing structures and follow generations of archaeologists as they uncover the secrets of the canyon's past. A veritable early Native American detective story, the book includes numerous sidebars on archaeological techniques, timelines, related sites, photographs and illustrations of the sites and artifacts, and a fascinating interview with archaeologist Gwinn Vivian who grew up in the canyon.
Series copy: Buried treasure, high adventure, lost civilizations--Join archaeologists as they dig for the past at exciting sites around the world. From the first excitement of the original find to the excavation and scientific breakthrough, these richly illustrated books team professional archaeologists with established science writers to bring the fascinating world of the archaeological process to life.

Relates the nineteenth-century discovery of cliff dwellings in the Chaco Canyon of northwest New Mexico, the excavations of the ancient ruins, and what the artifacts reveal about the civilization of the ancient Pueblo Indians.

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"Complete with maps, history charts, and information on related sites, the book has a clean, spacious format....Full-color pictures focus on the archeologists working rather than on the canyon itself....Interesting."--School Library Journal

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Gr 5 Up-This is not so much about the canyon as it is about the archaeological finds in the Four Corners area of northeastern New Mexico between 1823 and 1971. Its emphasis is on the scientists, their discoveries, their lives, and their techniques, with information about the Chacoan civilization for those researchers who are willing and able to ferret it out. Complete with maps, history charts, and information on related sites, the book has a clean, spacious format. Its four chapters highlight mysteries of Chaco Canyon: a house with 800 rooms; clues in floors, walls, and rafter; and 30-foot-wide highways. The small, full-color pictures focus on the archaeologists working rather than on the canyon itself. Most of them are museum collection or National Park Service photographs, and they do little to aid an understanding of the subject. Eleanor H. Ayer's The Anasazi (Walker, 1993) offers more detailed information for reports on the ancient people and good diagrams that make for better understanding of the architecture, while Susan E. Goodman's Stones, Bones, and Petroglyphs (Atheneum, 1998) has great photos. Sprinkled with personal anecdotes and experiences, Vivian and Anderson's book is interesting, but it's an additional purchase.-Susannah Price, Boise Public Library, ID Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195142808
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Digging for the Past Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2002

    Chaco for the Young and the Young At Heart

    AT LAST, here is a book on one of the wonderful accomplishments and mysteries of SW Prehistory especially geared to young people. This book excites and encourages those who might have even just the beginning of interest in this history. The text neither demeans the young reader's ability to grasp intelligent ideas and concepts nor confuses with too much "technical jargon". The biographical material on Gwinn Vivian, with his lifelong personal and professional commitment to Chaco, will delight the minds and hearts of the young. The adults who join in sharing this book will also be informed and charmed. If you know of any young person who has, or who you would like to introduce to, an interest in archaeology in general, THIS IS THE BOOK. Years hence, as they say, we will all be grateful for the archaeologists this book has inspired.

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