In Search of Chaco: New Approaches to an Archaeological Enigma

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Startling discoveries and impassioned debates have emerged from the "Chaco Phenomenon" since the publication of New Light on Chaco Canyon twenty years ago. This completely updated edition features seventeen original essays, scores of photographs, maps, and site plans, and the perspectives of archaeologists, historians, and Native American thinkers. Key topics include the rise of early great houses; the structure of agricultural life among the people of Chaco Canyon; their use of sacred geography and astronomy in organizing their spiritual cosmology; indigenous knowledge about Chaco from the perspective of Hopi, Tewa, and Navajo peoples; and the place of Chaco in the wider world of archaeology.For more than a century archaeologists and others have pursued Chaco Canyon's many and elusive meanings. In Search of Chaco brings these explorations to a new generation of enthusiasts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781930618428
  • Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
A Chaco Canyon chronology
Chaco's golden century 1
Puebloan farmers of the Chacoan world 7
The rise of early Chacoan great houses 14
Architecture : the central matter of Chaco Canyon 22
Artifacts in Chaco : where they came from and what they mean 32
Sidebar : Chaco's corn : where was it grown? 38
Yupkoyvi : the Hopi story of Chaco Canyon 41
A Pueblo woman's perspective on Chaco Canyon 48
Tse Biyah 'Ani'iahi : Chaco Canyon and its place in Navajo history 54
The Chaco Navajos 61
Great-house communities and the Chaco world 70
Chaco's sacred geography 78
Sacred time in Chaco Canyon and beyond 86
Understanding Chacoan society 93
Chaco Canyon : a view from the outside 100
The Mesa Verde region : Chaco's northern neighbor 107
A century of archaeology in Chaco Canyon 116
Key debates in Chacoan archaeology 123
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