The Chaco Meridian: One Thousand Years of Political and Religious Power in the Ancient Southwest, Second Edition

Revisiting his ground-breaking synthesis of southwestern prehistory, from ad 500 to the arrival of the conquistadors, and from Chaco Canyon to Aztec Ruins to Paquimé and even Culiacán in Sinaloa, Lekson expands our understanding of the political and economic integration of the American Southwest to encapsulate over 1000 years and 1000 km, Mexico.


A History of the Ancient Southwest

Lekson, much of what we think we know about the Southwest has been compressed into conventions and classifications and orthodoxies. Far to the south, and modern pueblo people--with societies so different from those at Chaco and Casas Grandes--deliberately rejected these monumental, Casas Grandes was a failed attempt to create a Mesoamerican state, hierarchical episodes of their past.

From the publisher: the second printing of A History of the Ancient Southwest has corrected the errors noted below. Sar press regrets an error on page 72, paragraph 4 also Page 275, note 2 regarding "absolute dates. 50, 000 dates" was incorrectly published as "half a million dates. Also P. In this view, chaco canyon was a geopolitical reaction to the "Colonial Period" Hohokam expansion and the Hohokam "Classic Period" was the product of refugee Chacoan nobles, chased off the Colorado Plateau by angry farmers.

This book challenges and reconfigures these accepted notions by telling two parallel stories, personalities, one about the development, and institutions of Southwestern archaeology and the other about interpretations of what actually happened in the ancient past. According to archaeologist Stephen H. While many works would have us believe that nothing much ever happened in the ancient Southwest, kings and commoners, this book argues that the region experienced rises and falls, war and peace, triumphs and failures.

125, 000 people lived there" should read "between 2, 000 and 27, 100 and 2, lines 13-14: "Between 21, 700 people lived there. Used book in Good Condition.

Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest Second Edition Ancient Peoples and Places

The high point of southwestern civilization was reached with the emergence of cultures known as Anasazi, Hohokam, and Mogollon in the first millennium AD. The initial hunter-gatherer bands gradually adapted to become sedentary village groups. As he concludes, the southwest is still home to vibrant Native American communities who carry on many of the old traditions.

Ten thousand years ago, humans first colonized this seemingly inhospitable landscape with its scorching hot deserts and upland areas that drop below freezing even during the early summer months. Interweaving the latest archaeological evidence with early first-person accounts, Stephen Plog explains the rise and mysterious fall of Southwestern cultures.

. For this revised edition, he discusses new research and its implications for our understanding of the prehistoric Southwest. 150 illustrations, 17 in color Used book in Good Condition. A graphic, hohokam, lucid account of the Anasazi, and Mogollon highlights how these ancient cultures evolved so successfully in response to their changing habitat.

Science news most people are familiar with the famous pre-Columbian civilizations of the Aztecs and Maya of Mexico, but few realize just how advanced were contemporary cultures in the American Southwest. Thames Hudson. Here lie some of the most remarkable monuments of America's prehistoric past, such as Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde.


The Lost World of the Old Ones: Discoveries in the Ancient Southwest

An award-winning author and veteran mountain climber takes us deep into the Southwest backcountry to uncover secrets of its ancient inhabitants. For more than 5, 000 years the ancestral puebloans―Native Americans who flourished long before the first contact with Europeans―occupied the Four Corners region of the southwestern United States.

His new findings paint a different, fuller portrait of these enigmatic ancients―thanks to the breakthroughs of recent archaeologists. Some of their sites and relics had been seen by no one during the 700 years before David Roberts and his companions rediscovered them. In the lost world of the old ones, roberts continues the hunt for answers begun in his classic book, In Search of the Old Ones.

16 pages of illustrations Used book in Good Condition. His adventures range across utah, arizona, New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado, illuminating the mysteries of the Old Ones as well as of the more recent Navajo and Comanche. Roberts calls on his climbing and exploratory expertise to reach remote sanctuaries of the ancients hidden within nearly vertical cliffs, many of which are unknown to archaeologists and park rangers.

Thames Hudson. Northern and southern neighbors of the Ancestral Puebloans, the Fremont and Mogollon likewise flourished for millennia before migrating or disappearing. This ongoing quest combines the shock of new discovery with a deeply felt connection to the landscape, and it will change the way readers experience, and imagine, the American Southwest.

Fortunately, the old ones, dazzling rock art, as some of their present-day descendants call them, left behind awe-inspiring ruins, and sophisticated artifacts ranging from painted pots to woven baskets.

House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest

W w norton Company. Used book in Good Condition. The various tribes that made up the anasazi people converged on Chaco Canyon New Mexico during the 11th century to create a civilization hailed as "the Las Vegas of its day, " a flourishing cultural center that attracted pilgrims from far and wide, and a vital crossroads of the prehistoric world.

He takes us from chaco canyon to the highlands of mesa verde, to the mongollon Rim; to a contemporary Zuni community where tribal elders maintain silence about the fate of their Lost Others; and to the largely unexplored foothills of the Sierra Madre in Mexico, where abundant remnants of Anasazi culture lie yet to be uncovered.

By the 13th century, however, Chaco's vibrant community had disappeared without a trace. Thames Hudson. Was it drought? pestilence? war? forced migration, mass murder or suicide? Conflicting theories have abounded for years, capturing the North American imagination for eons. Join craig childs as he draws on the latest scholarly research, as well as a lifetime of exploration in the forbidden landscapes of the American Southwest, to shed new light on this compelling mystery.

In this landmark work on the Anasazi tribes of the Southwest, naturalist Craig Childs dives head on into the mysteries of this vanished people. Back Bay Books.

Chaco Handbook: An Encyclopedia Guide Chaco Canyon

Back Bay Books. Entries address important chacoan and related sites, archaeological and ethnographic terms, objects and architectural features, place-names, and institutions and individuals. Thames Hudson. W w norton Company. Occupied between ad 850 and 1150, chaco appears to have been the cultural and political center for much of what is now the Four Corners region.

Vivian and hilpert wrote this encyclopedic handbook to help organize the extensive amount of information available for Chaco, as well as to stimulate speculation and encourage further exploration. The chaco handbook includes more than 270 cross-referenced, alphabetical entries, more than 100 illustrations and maps, plus histories of Chaco’s development and ensuing archaeological research.

The result is a highly accessible but thorough reference. Useful to anyone with an interest in the Ancestral Puebloans, including specialists, this handbook will guide readers to greater exploration of Chacoan culture and the Chaco world. Used book in Good Condition. Chaco canyon in northwestern New Mexico contains a remarkable set of Ancestral Puebloan buildings.

Many sites in the chaco Culture National Historical Park have been continuously studied for more than a century. This second edition includes a new preface, ” additional entries, a new chapter on professional explanations for the “Chaco Phenomena, and revisions to existing entries.

People of Chaco: A Canyon and Its Culture Revised and Updated

Thames Hudson. Written in the best tradition of the science writer and the mystery writer. We know that in chaco canyon, one thousand years ago, there arose among the Pueblo people a great and culturally sophisticated civilization. Back Bay Books. With grace and erudition, kendrick frazier scours the canyon for clues about its unique cultural system, confirms its importance to archaeology, and saves this vital American narrative from the oblivion of history.

Illustrations, maps and plans Used book in Good Condition. But many questions remain: just what function did chaco canyon fulfill? How great was its extent and influence? Why did its culture collapse? First published in 1986 and now updated with the latest archaeological and anthropological evidence, People of Chaco is an essential book for the general reader on the Chaco culture and ruins.

. W w norton Company. A breathtaking piece of work. Jake page, washington times In northwestern New Mexico's Chaco Canyon lies a spectacular array of ruins. Like stonehenge, they are both a monument to our pre-history and a cryptic puzzle.

Four Corners Trail of the Ancients National Geographic Destination Map

Back Bay Books. Thames Hudson. W w norton Company. The four corners region is the only place in the United States where four states intersect at one point: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The map guide seeks to contribute to the economic health of communities in the Four Corners Region by promoting geotourism: tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place — its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its residents.

The front side of the four corners destination map reveals a map of the region spanning from dixie National Forest in southeastern Utah; to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve and San Isabel National Forest in southwestern Colorado; to Santa Fe National Forest and Cibola National Forest in northwestern New Mexico; to Coconino National Forest in northeastern Arizona.

The map also includes a detailed road network and areas of interest such as Indian Reservations and National Parks, Forests, Monuments and Recreation Areas. Waterproof • tear-resistant • travel mapnational Geographic's Four Corners Region DestinationMap strikes the perfect balance between map and guidebook and is ideal for a wide range of travelers.

The map also features important travel tips and beautiful photographs showcasing some of many ways travelers can experience this enchanted landscape. Key features:chart of the four corners region's national parks including services and contact informationColorful photographs featuring the region's diverse terrainNational parks and monuments, music and cultural points of interestEvery Destination Map is printed on durable synthetic paper, outdoor recreation opportunities, geotourism places of interest, and arts, water and geologic features, historic sites and moreDescriptive content and individual maps highlighting archaeological sites, making them waterproof, tear-resistant and tough — capable of withstanding the rigors of any kind of travel.

Map scale = 1:758, 930sheet Size = 37. 75" x 25.

In Search of the Old Ones: Exploring the Anasazi World of the Southwest

Used book in Good Condition. Thames Hudson. Back Bay Books. He guides us through controversies in the historical record, among them the haunting question of whether the Anasazi committed acts of cannibalism. An exuberant, hands-on fly-on-the-wall account that combines the thrill of canyoneering and rock climbing with the intellectual sleuthing of archaeology to explore the Anasazi.

David roberts describes the culture of the anasazi—the name means “enemy ancestors” in Navajo—who once inhabited the Colorado Plateau and whose modern descendants are the Hopi Indians of Arizona. W w norton Company. Roberts’s book is full of up-to-date thinking on the culture of the ancient people who lived in the harsh desert country of the Southwest.

Archaeologists, roberts writes, have been puzzling over the Anasazi for more than a century, trying to determine the environmental and cultural stresses that caused their society to collapse 700 years ago. Used book in Good Condition.

The Archaeology of Chaco Canyon: An Eleventh-Century Pueblo Regional Center School for Advanced Research Advanced Seminar Series

Used book in Good Condition. Back Bay Books. Those meetings culminated in an advanced seminar at the School of American Research, where the Chaco Project itself was born in 1968. Chaco and the people who created its monumental great houses, extensive roads, and network of outlying settlements remain an enigma in American archaeology.

Two decades after the latest and largest program of field research at Chaco the National Park Service's Chaco Project from 1971 to 1982 the original researchers and other leading Chaco scholars convened to evaluate what they now know about Chaco in light of new theories and new data. Thames Hudson. Used book in Good Condition.

The site of a great ancestral pueblo center in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, the ruins in Chaco Canyon look like a city to some archaeologists, a ceremonial center to others. Used book in Good Condition. W w norton Company. They place chaco in its time and in its region, considering what came before and after its heyday and its neighbors to the north and south, including Mesoamerica.

In this capstone volume, organization of production, the contributors address central archaeological themes, regional issues, including environment, architecture, and society and polity.

Chaco Astronomy: An Ancient American Cosmology

Used book in Good Condition. As deeper investigations provided more and more substance to her findings, Sofar now stands tall as one of the great pioneers of American archaeoastronomy. Back Bay Books. Anna sofaer found the now-famous "sun dagger" petroglyph site on a desert butte high above Chaco Culture National Historical Park at Summer Solstice in 1977, leading to 30 years research into the meaning of ancient Chaco's astonomical expressions.

Thames Hudson. Used book in Good Condition. Used book in Good Condition. Richly illustrated with photos, charts, maps, and diagrams. Sofaer and the highly qualified science team of the Solstice Project struggled to overcome resistance to their findings by an entrenched archaeological establishment. Chaco astronomy brings together all the major findings of solstice project's many researchers, implications of the Great North Road, a remarkable digital reconstruction of the Sun Dagger site, changing forever the understanding of a place often called "America's Stonehenge"Nine revealing chapters explore the sophisticated lunar and solar alignments of major buildings, and more.

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