The Ancient Southwest: Chaco Canyon, Bandelier, and Mesa Verde

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Over twenty-five years ago, David Stuart began writing award-winning newspaper articles on regional archaeology that appealed to general readers. These columns shared interesting, and usually little-known, facts and stories about the ancient people and places of the Southwest.

By 1985, Stuart had penned enough columns to fill a book, Glimpses of the Ancient Southwest, which has been unavailable for years. Now he has rewritten most of his original articles to include recently ...

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The Ancient Southwest: Chaco Canyon, Bandelier, and Mesa Verde. Revised edition.

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Overview

Over twenty-five years ago, David Stuart began writing award-winning newspaper articles on regional archaeology that appealed to general readers. These columns shared interesting, and usually little-known, facts and stories about the ancient people and places of the Southwest.

By 1985, Stuart had penned enough columns to fill a book, Glimpses of the Ancient Southwest, which has been unavailable for years. Now he has rewritten most of his original articles to include recently discovered information about Chaco Canyon, Bandelier, and Mesa Verde.

Stuart's unusual perspective focuses on both the past and the present: "Want to know why gasoline now costs $4.00 a gallon, and is headed higher, yet we have no instant solution? Chacoan, Roman, even Egyptian archaeology all provide elemental answers." The Ancient Southwest shares those with us.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826346384
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 5/16/2009
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 154
  • Sales rank: 993,950
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

David E. Stuart, the first student in the State of West Virginia to earn a degree in Anthropology, came to UNM in '67/'68 where he earned the Masters and Ph.D. and, later, an honorary doctorate from WVa Wesleyan College. He has conducted fieldwork in Mexico, Alaska, Ecuador, and the American Southwest, where he continues to publish in both Anthropology and Archaeology. He served the University of New Mexico as a senior academic administrator for many years, and still teaches the Archaeology of New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Walking West: July 1976-A Day's Work in Southwestern Archaeology 1

Part I A Land Rich In Archaeological Heritage 15

Chapter 1 32,000 Crown Jewels 17

Chapter 2 Albuquerque: The City Ancient 23

Chapter 3 Ground Zero: Indian Hill Pueblo 29

Part II Classic "Hunting" Society 33

Chapter 4 Sapello 35

Chapter 5 Recent Paleo-Indian Finds Tell New Story 41

Chapter 6 The Folsom Site: A World-Class Discovery 44

Chapter 7 Folsom Hunters: Nerve, Skill, and High-Tech 48

Chapter 8 Peach Springs-Navajo Nation 52

Part III Twilight Of "Hunting" Society And The Dawn Of Agriculture 57

Chapter 9 Twilight of Classic "Hunting" Society 59

Chapter 10 Waiting for Sundown 64

Chapter 11 Bat Cave Once Held Record on Most Ancient Corn 67

Chapter 12 Gila Wilderness: Home of New Mexico's First Prehistoric Villages 70

Part IV Chaco And Mimbres: Heyday Of The Ancient Southwest 75

Chapter 13 The Chaco Anasazi Era 77

Chapter 14 The Beginnings of Mimbres Archaeology: Silver City Takes on the Eastern Academic Establishment 87

Chapter 15 Mogollon and Jornada-Mogollon: Another Archaeological Frontier 90

Chapter 16 Classic Mimbers Pottery Is Found in Surprising Places 93

Chapter 17 Once It Was "Law East of the Pecos"! 97

Part V After The Fall Of Chaco And Mimbers Society 101

Chapter 18 Hard Times in the Highlands: After the Fall of Chaco and Mimbres Society 103

Chapter 19 Lonely La Bajada Mesa Was Once a Garden Spot 108

Chapter 20 Site 616, Mariana Mesa 110

Chapter 21 Before the Apache Came to Apache Creek 113

Chapter 22 Cliff Palaces and Kivas: From Mesa Verde to Bandelier117

Chapter 23 The Riverine Period: Roots of Modern Pueblo Society 123

Epilogue 128

About the Author 133

Index 135

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