The Mesa Verde World: Explorations in Ancestral Pueblo Archaeology

The Mesa Verde World: Explorations in Ancestral Pueblo Archaeology

by David Grant Noble, Karen R. Adams, Julie Bell, David A. Breternitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 1930618743

ISBN-13: 9781930618749

Pub. Date: 05/01/2006

Publisher: School for Advanced Research Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781930618749
Publisher:
School for Advanced Research Press
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

A short archaeological chronology for the Mesa Verde region
1Through the looking glass : the environment of the ancient Mesa Verdeans1
2The earliest Mesa Verdeans : hunters, foragers, and first farmers9
3The genesis of pueblos : innovations between 500 and 900 C.E.19
4The Mesa Verde region during Chaco times29
5Turbulent times in the Mesa Verde world39
6"We came from the South, we came from the North" : some Tewa origin stories49
7Craft arts of the Mesa Verde59
8Simulation and imagination fistfight in the Mesa Verde67
9Mesa Verdean sacred landscapes75
10The cosmic and the sacred at Yellow Jacket Pueblo and Mesa Verde85
11Imagery and tradition : murals of the Mesa Verde region93
12Ancient pottery of the Mesa Verde country : how ancestral pueblo people made it, used it, and thought about it101
13Understanding Mesa Verde's cliff dwelling architecture111
14Fire and archaeology on Mesa Verde119
15Water for the Mesa Verdeans123
16Ancient violence in the Mesa Verde region127
17A Hopi story about Castle Rock137
18Leaving Mesa Verde139
19Mesa Verde : a century of research149
20Mesa Verdean archaeology since the mid-1960s165

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