Author: David Roberts
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2010-05-11
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. 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. He guides us through controversies in the historical record, among them the haunting question of whether the Anasazi committed acts of cannibalism. 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.
Author: David Roberts
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date: 2015-04-13
Genre: Social Science
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. Just before AD 1300, they abandoned their homeland in a migration that remains one of prehistory's greatest puzzles. Northern and southern neighbors of the Ancestral Puebloans, the Fremont and Mogollon likewise flourished for millennia before migrating or disappearing. Fortunately, the Old Ones, as some of their present-day descendants call them, left behind awe-inspiring ruins, dazzling rock art, and sophisticated artifacts ranging from painted pots to woven baskets. 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. His new findings paint a different, fuller portrait of these enigmatic ancients—thanks to the breakthroughs of recent archaeologists. Roberts also recounts his last twenty years of far-flung exploits in the backcountry with the verve of a seasoned travel writer. 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. 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.
Presenting “the real deal” of American antiquity—as opposed to the hyped fare of many cable TV shows—Kenneth Feder invites readers to explore the stunning technological, architectural, engineering, and artistic achievements of America’s first peoples. Part travel guide, part friendly reference, Ancient America showcases fifty iconic and publicly-accessible sites located across the contiguous United States—including monumental pyramids of earth, “castles” ensconced in cliff niches, and vast rock art galleries. Among the places profiled are four World Heritage Sites (Chaco Canyon, NM; Mesa Verde, CO; Cahokia, IL; Poverty Point, LA); numerous Historic Landmarks and National Monuments (including Crystal River, FL; Town Creek Mound, NC; Casa Grande, AZ; and Hovenweep, UT); and stunningly diverse sites ranging from Serpent Mound (OH) and Horsethief Lake (WA) to Canyon de Chelly (AZ) and Nine Mile Canyon (UT). In addition to practical visitor information, Feder tells the fascinating stories of each site as revealed by archaeological research. Introductory chapters delve into the deep past of Native America; historical and cultural details as well as original photography round out the site entries. Readers will be inspired to visit these remarkable places where the past continues to resonate in the present.
Set in the waning days of the thirteenth century in what we now call the American Southwest, Soyala: Daughter of the Desert paints a brilliantly imagined and intimate depiction of a small clan's struggle. Beset by societal turmoil and personal tragedy, they are forced to abandon their homeland to seek an unknown future. Based on the archaeological record, it creates a plausible re-imagining of the great migration of the Ancient Puebloans during the most mysterious event in the pre-history of the Southwest. The drama plays out in the land of sage, sun, and sandstone.
This guide to the Native Americans of the Southwest is a concise but comprehensive introduction that gives readers a sound anthropological and historical background to the area and fosters an appreciation of the Native American peoples who continue to make the Southwest their home. The authors offer individual sections on the main prehistoric and contemporary peoples of the region, describing their ways of life, their art, and their cultural monuments.For those eager to see at least some of these cultural monuments and to learn about Native American cultures from the many museums that dot the region, this book offers a guide to the most memorable sites in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. In addition, the authors provide a comprehensive list of museums and a calendar of tribal events that are open to interested visitors: rodeos, fairs, dances, and festivals. Maps are also included to assist the visitor in locating the sites discussed in the book.
Author: Gary A. David
Publisher: Adventures Unlimited Press
Release Date: 2007-02
David explores the ground-sky relationship between the pyramids of Egypt and the stars of Orion and ponders its global reach and significance. Packed with diagrams, maps, and astronomical charts, this useful guidebook decodes the ancient mysteries of the Pueblo Indian world.
Author: Thomas J. Sienkewicz
Publisher: Salem PressInc
Release Date: 2002
Covers world cultures from prehistory through the year 700 C.E., including essays on persons, cultures, wars, battles, documents or works, traditions or cultural phenomena, structures or artifacts, places or sites, terms, and groups or civilizations.
Author: Mark C. Carnes
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Release Date: 2002-12-01
Using rich and distinctive prose, American Destiny: Narrative of a Nation presents a comprehensive look at the development and growth of the United States. Based on a political history framework, the book examines the political, social, economic, and cultural developments that have shaped this country. This elegant, high-quality text offers a low-price alternative to traditional U.S. history survey textbooks.