Puebloan Ruins of the Southwest

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Puebloan Ruins of the Southwest 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 color, 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 ...

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Overview

Puebloan Ruins of the Southwest 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 color, 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826339706
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 5/31/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur H. Rohn, former chair of anthropology at Wichita State University, is now an independent consulting anthropologist and archaeologist who lives in Tucson, Arizona.

A former rancher, writer, banker, lawyer, and state official, the late William M. Ferguson wrote six books on Southwest U.S. and Mesoamerica ruins.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations VII
Preface XIII
Chapter 1 Introduction 1
The Ancient Puebloans 4
Chronology Building 7
Physical Appearance and Disease 23
Food, Clothing, and Shelter 25
Architecture 30
Pithouses 30
Living and Storage Spaces 33
Kivas 40
Great Kivas 43
Concentric Wall Structures, Towers, and Shrines 46
Modular Residence Units 48
Village Layout 49
Settlement Locations 51
Water Management 52
Ceramics 53
Basketry and Fiber Utensils 58
Stone and Bone Tools 59
Life in the Mug House Cliff Dwelling 60
Government and Society 63
Spiritual Concepts and Rituals 65
Celestial Observations 69
Trade and the Mesoamerican Connection 72
Violence, Warfare, and Weapons 75
The Great Migrations 77
Chapter 2 Northern San Juan Region 81
Introduction to the Mesa Verde 82
Ruins Road 84
Far View Locality 92
Spruce Tree House 99
Cliff Palace and the Cliff-Fewkes Canyon Ruins 102
Square Tower House 112
Balcony House 113
Wetherill Mesa 117
Ute Mountain Tribal Park 129
The Montezuma Valley 132
Sand Canyon Pueblo 142
Escalante and Dominguez Ruins 143
Duckfoot Site 144
Hovenweep 146
Introduction 146
Ruin Canyon Group 148
Holly Ruin Group 153
Horseshoe Ruin Group 156
Hackberry Ruin Group 157
Cutthroat Ruin Group 158
Cajon Ruin Group 161
Western Montezuma Valley Ruins 162
Aztec Ruins 176
Salmon Ruin 180
Chimney Rock Sites 181
Chapter 3 Kayenta Region 185
Introduction 188
Inscription House Ruin 190
Betatakin 192
Keet Seel 195
Lower Chinle Wash 198
Canyon de Chelly 205
Introduction 205
White House Ruin 206
First Ruin 207
Junction Ruin 207
Antelope House 209
Standing Cow Ruin 211
Mummy Cave 211
Other Viewable Ruins 213
Grand Canyon 214
Coombs Site 218
Chapter 4 Chaco Canyon Region 219
Introduction to Chacoan Culture 220
Architecture 224
Ceremonial Structures 225
Ceramics 225
Population 226
Communication System 227
Astronomical Observations 229
Water Management 229
End of the Chaco Phenomenon 230
Pueblo Bonito 232
Chetro Ketl 236
Pueblo del Arroyo 240
The Casa Rinconada Group 243
Kin Kletso 245
Penasco Blanco 246
Una Vida and Kin Nahasbas 247
Pueblo Alto 249
Outliers 252
The Cibola (Zuni) Connection 256
Chapter 5 Little Colorado River Region-Zuni and Hopi 259
Cibola (Zuni) Subregion 261
Village of the Great Kivas 261
Atsinna (El Morro) 262
Puerco Pueblo Ruin and Agate House 264
Tusayan (Hopi) Subregion 267
Homol'ovi Settlement Cluster 268
Awatovi 270
Hopi Villages 273
Wupatki 273
Chapter 6 Northern Rio Grande Valley Region 279
Puye 282
Tsankawi 284
Frijoles Canyon, Bandelier 286
Bandelier's Living Shrines 292
Pecos 296
Kuaua 299
Salinas 302
Gran Quivira 302
Abo 305
Quarai 307
Living Descendants of the Puebloans 308
Select Bibliography 312
Index 315
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