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|Publisher:||Simon & Schuster||Publication Year:||1997|
|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 Anasazithe name means "enemy ancestors" in Navajowho 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.|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster|
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||309006|
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|Number of Pages||272 Pages|
|Lc Classification Number||E99.P9|
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A fun search, a nice read, a pleasant journey
Here's a book (a bit dated now) that meanders much like the canyons the author explores. You wonder what exactly he was searching for...the culture of the Ancient Puebloans, the artifacts, the ruins, or the mystique of this old civilisation. He does wander a bit in his narrative, but his writing style is easy to read, conversational in tone, and certainly not snobbish in his discoveries. And thank goodness he doesn't let out too many details of his travels- there are still lots of pothunters out there even after the Blanding Raids of 2009! A good book to read, especially for those of us who will probably never expedition into the really outback of the Southwest.
In Search of the Old Ones
This was a very vividly-written, entertaining book, which presented a wide range of views about the history, culture, architecture, and everyday lives of the "anasazi", tied together with personal anecdotes and observations. An excellent book for anyone interested in the "ancestral pueblans".