• Social Science

The Chaco Meridian

One Thousand Years of Political and Religious Power in the Ancient Southwest
Author: Stephen H. Lekson
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1442246464
Category: Social Science
Page: 284
View: 5921
Revisiting his ground-breaking synthesis of Southwestern prehistory, Lekson expands our understanding of the political and economic integration of the American Southwest to encapsulate over 1000 years and 1000 km, from AD 500to the arrival of the conquistadors, and from Chaco Canyon to Aztec Ruins to Paquimé and even Culiacán in Sinaloa, Mexico.

    • Social Science

The Chaco Meridian

Centers of Political Power in the Ancient Southwest
Author: Stephen H. Lekson
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 0759117373
Category: Social Science
Page: 256
View: 322
Lekson's ground-breaking synthesis of 500 years of Southwestern prehistory—with its explanation of phenomena as diverse as the Great North Road, macaw feathers, Pueblo mythology, and the rise of kachina ceremonies—will be of great interest to all those concerned with the prehistory and history of the American Southwest.

    • History

A History of the Ancient Southwest


Author: Stephen H. Lekson
Publisher: School for Advanced Research on the
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 439
View: 3619
According to archaeologist Stephen H. Lekson, much of what we think we know about the Southwest has been compressed into conventions and classifications and orthodoxies. This book challenges and reconfigures these accepted notions by telling two parallel stories, one about the development, personalities, and institutions of Southwestern archaeology and the other about interpretations of what actually happened in the ancient past. While many works would have us believe that nothing much ever happened in the ancient Southwest, this book argues that the region experienced rises and falls, kings and commoners, war and peace, triumphs and failures. 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. Far to the south, Casas Grandes was a failed attempt to create a Mesoamerican state, and modern Pueblo people--with societies so different from those at Chaco and Casas Grandes--deliberately rejected these monumental, 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. 125, lines 13-14: "Between 21,000 and 27,000 people lived there" should read "Between 2,100 and 2,700 people lived there."

    • History

Canyon Spirits

Beauty and Power in the Ancestral Puebloan World
Author: John L. Ninnemann,Stephen H. Lekson,J. McKim Malville
Publisher: UNM Press
ISBN: 9780826332417
Category: History
Page: 113
View: 1502
Eighty-five black-and-white photos and accompanying essays share the beauty of the canyons and mesas of the Colorado Plateau and the history of the resourceful inhabitants.

    • History

People of Chaco

A Canyon and Its Culture
Author: Kendrick Frazier
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393318258
Category: History
Page: 261
View: 2900
Praised as a "breathtaking piece of work" that is "written in the best tradition of the science writer and the mystery writer" (Washington Times), People of Chaco is the essential book on the spectacular array of ruins at Chaco Canyon. Like Stonehenge, they are both a monument to our prehistory and a cryptic puzzle. We know that in Chaco Canyon, one thousand years ago, there arose among the Pueblo people a great and culturally sophisticated civilization. Kendrick Frazier addresses questions raised by the famous ruins: What function did Chaco Canyon fulfill? How great was its extent and influence? Why did its culture collapse? Frazier scours the canyon for clues and, in this expanded edition, adds the freshest discoveries on the cosmographic orientation of Chaco's buildings, reports conclusions of the new Chaco Synthesis Project, updates the cannibalism controversy, and summarizes other new archaeological and scientific understanding of this major landmark of the Southwest. 155 illustrations.

    • History

Chaco's Northern Prodigies

Salmon, Aztec, and the Ascendancy of the Middle San Juan Region After AD 1100
Author: Paul F Reed
Publisher: University of Utah Press
ISBN: 0874809258
Category: History
Page: 441
View: 5932
A timely synopsis of the archaeology of the Middle San Juan region bringing recent work at Salmon Ruins into the context of thirty-five years of research there.

    • Science

The Science of Time 2016

Time in Astronomy & Society, Past, Present and Future
Author: Elisa Felicitas Arias,Ludwig Combrinck,Pavel Gabor,Catherine Hohenkerk,P. Kenneth Seidelmann
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319599097
Category: Science
Page: 394
View: 9946
The uses of time in astronomy - from pointing telescopes, coordinating and processing observations, predicting ephemerides, cultures, religious practices, history, businesses, determining Earth orientation, analyzing time-series data and in many other ways - represent a broad sample of how time is used throughout human society and in space. Time and its reciprocal, frequency, is the most accurately measurable quantity and often an important path to the frontiers of science. But the future of timekeeping is changing with the development of optical frequency standards and the resulting challenges of distributing time at ever higher precision, with the possibility of timescales based on pulsars, and with the inclusion of higher-order relativistic effects. The definition of the second will likely be changed before the end of this decade, and its realization will increase in accuracy; the definition of the day is no longer obvious. The variability of the Earth's rotation presents challenges of understanding and prediction. In this symposium speakers took a closer look at time in astronomy, other sciences, cultures, and business as a defining element of modern civilization. The symposium aimed to set the stage for future timekeeping standards, infrastructure, and engineering best practices for astronomers and the broader society. At the same time the program was cognizant of the rich history from Harrison's chronometer to today's atomic clocks and pulsar observations. The theoreticians and engineers of time were brought together with the educators and historians of science, enriching the understanding of time among both experts and the public.

    • Social Science

The Oxford Handbook of Southwest Archaeology


Author: Barbara Mills,Severin Fowles
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190697466
Category: Social Science
Page: 888
View: 4488
The American Southwest is one of the most important archaeological regions in the world, with many of the best-studied examples of hunter-gatherer and village-based societies. Research has been carried out in the region for well over a century, and during this time the Southwest has repeatedly stood at the forefront of the development of new archaeological methods and theories. Moreover, research in the Southwest has long been a key site of collaboration between archaeologists, ethnographers, historians, linguists, biological anthropologists, and indigenous intellectuals. This volume marks the most ambitious effort to take stock of the empirical evidence, theoretical orientations, and historical reconstructions of the American Southwest. Over seventy top scholars have joined forces to produce an unparalleled survey of state of archaeological knowledge in the region. Themed chapters on particular methods and theories are accompanied by comprehensive overviews of the culture histories of particular archaeological sequences, from the initial Paleoindian occupation, to the rise of a major ritual center in Chaco Canyon, to the onset of the Spanish and American imperial projects. The result is an essential volume for any researcher working in the region as well as any archaeologist looking to take the pulse of contemporary trends in this key research tradition.

    • Political Science

River of Lost Souls

The Science, Politics, and Greed Behind the Gold King Mine Disaster
Author: Jonathan P. Thompson
Publisher: Torrey House Press
ISBN: 1937226840
Category: Political Science
Page: 275
View: 5055
Award–winning investigative environmental journalist Jonathan P. Thompson digs into the science, politics, and greed behind the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster, and unearths a litany of impacts wrought by a century and a half of mining, energy development, and fracking in southwestern Colorado. Amid these harsh realities, Thompson explores how a new generation is setting out to make amends. As shocking and heartbreaking as the Gold King spill and its aftermath may be, it's merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The disaster itself was the climax of the long and troubled story of the Gold King mine, staked by a Swedish immigrant back in 1887. And it was only the most visible manifestation of a slow–moving, multi–faceted environmental catastrophe that had been unfolding here long before the events of August 5, 2015. Jonathan Thompson is a native Westerner with deep roots in southwestern Colorado. He has been an environmental journalist focusing on the American West since he signed on as reporter and photographer at the Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper in 1996. He has worked and written for High Country News for over a decade, serving as editor-in-chief from 2007 to 2010. He was a Ted Scripps fellow in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and in 2016 he was awarded the Society of Environmental Journalists' Outstanding Beat Reporting, Small Market. He currently lives in Bulgaria with his wife Wendy and daughters Lydia and Elena.

    • Social Science

Aztec, Salmon, and the Puebloan Heartland of the Middle San Juan


Author: Paul F. Reed,Gary M. Brown
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 0826359930
Category: Social Science
Page: 184
View: 4408
Often overshadowed by the Ancestral Pueblo centers at Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde, the Middle San Juan is one of the most dynamic territories in the pre-Hispanic Southwest, interacting with Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde as well as the surrounding regions. This ancient Puebloan heartland was instrumental in tying together Chaco and Mesa Verde cultures to create a distinctive blend of old and new, local and nonlocal. The contributors to this book attribute the development of Salmon and Aztec to migration and colonization by people from Chaco Canyon. Rather than fighting for control over the territory, Chaco migrants and local leaders worked together to build the great houses of Aztec and Salmon while maintaining their identities and connections with their individual homelands. As a result of this collaboration, the Middle San Juan can be seen as one of the ancient Puebloan heartlands that made important contributions to contemporary Puebloan society.

    • History

In Search of the Old Ones


Author: David Roberts
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439127230
Category: History
Page: 272
View: 2577
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.

    • History

Chaco Canyon

Archaeology and Archaeologists
Author: Robert H. Lister,Florence Cline Lister
Publisher: UNM Press
ISBN: 9780826307569
Category: History
Page: 298
View: 7343
Chaco Canyon, sprawled in the desert of northwestern New Mexico and uninhabited since the twelfth century, is one of North America's richest archaeological zones. This lavishly illustrated book is the first complete account of Chacoan archaeology, from the discovery of the ruins by Spanish soldiers in the seventeenth century through the scientific analyses of the 1970s. The authors follow the history of Chacoan archaeology with a vivid portrayal of the day-to-day lives of the Anasazi Indians, the Neolithic farmers who abandoned the region some 800 years ago. Though intended for the general reading public with an interest in archaeology, this book will be useful to professionals as well, as a compendium of information and photography hitherto scattered in numerous separate reports and monographs. Particularly valuable is a list of all investigated sites at Chaco Canyon, including location, features, dates, and other pertinent information.

    • Architecture

Chaco Canyon

Archaeologists Explore the Lives of an Ancient Society
Author: Brian M. Fagan
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: N.A
Category: Architecture
Page: 256
View: 7571
In this account of the people of Chaco Canyon, a leading expert on prehistoric culture weaves the latest discoveries on Chaco into a narrative of the foraging bands, humble farmers, and elaborate society that flourished between the tenth and twelfth centuries A.D.

    • Science

Chaco Astronomy

An Ancient American Cosmology
Author: Anna Sofaer
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780943734460
Category: Science
Page: 173
View: 8372
Chaco Astonomy: An Ancient American Cosmology embraces the remarkable findings of the past 30 years of scientific and cultural research into the astronomical practices of the ancestral Puebloans -- people who constructed several expressions of a remarkable and previously unsuspected cosmology. Compiled by Anna Sofaer and her Solstice Project team of geographers, astronomers, archaeologists and Native scholars, nine chapters include photogrpahs, charts, diagrams, and appendices.

    • History

The Chaco Handbook

An Encyclopedic Guide
Author: R. Gwinn Vivian,Bruce Hilpert
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781607811954
Category: History
Page: 317
View: 936
An encyclopedic handbook that organizes the extensive amount of information available for Chaco Canyon, a remarkable archaeological site of ancient puebloan ruins in northwestern New Mexico.

    • History

Man Corn

Cannibalism and Violence in the Prehistoric American Southwest
Author: Christy G. Turner, II,Jacqueline A. Turner
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780874809688
Category: History
Page: 552
View: 7614
Using detailed osteological analyses and other lines of evidence, this study of prehistoric violence, homicide, and cannibalism explodes the myth that the Anasazi and other Southwest Indians were simple, peaceful farmers.

    • History

The Hohokam millennium


Author: Suzanne K. Fish,Paul R. Fish
Publisher: School for Advanced Research on the
ISBN: N.A
Category: History
Page: 154
View: 5703
For a thousand years they flourished in the arid lands now part of Arizona. They built extensive waterworks, ballcourts, and pyramids, made beautiful pottery and jewelry, and engaged in wide-ranging trade networks. Then, slowly, their civilization faded and trans-muted into something no longer Hohokam. Are today's Tohono O'odham their heirs or their conquerors? The mystery and the beauty of Hohokam civilization are the subjects of the essays in this volume. Written by archaeologists who have led the effort to excavate, record, and preserve the remnants of this ancient culture, the chapters illuminate the way the Hohokam organized their households and their communities, their sophisticated pottery and textiles, their irrigation system, the huge ballcourts and pyramids they built, and much more.

    • History

Prehistoric Warfare in the American Southwest


Author: Steven A. LeBlanc
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780874809084
Category: History
Page: 400
View: 5003
Contests the highly romanticized picture of the ancient Puebloans as peaceful, sedentary corn farmers and suggests that people of the region fought for their survival.

    • Social Science

Ancient Land Ancestral Places

Paul Logsdon in the Pueblo Southwest
Author: Stephen H. Lekson,Rina Swentzell
Publisher: Museum of New Mexico Pr
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 149
View: 5470

    • Social Science

Plunder of the Ancients

A True Story of Betrayal, Redemption, and an Undercover Quest to Recover Sacred Native American Artifacts
Author: Lucinda Schroeder
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493015443
Category: Social Science
Page: 264
View: 3268
Plunder of the Ancients is a rare look inside an undercover investigation in which special agent Lucinda Schroeder reveals the details of her case in which she was assigned to expose Indian Art thieves and dealers in Santa Fe, New Mexico, who out of unmitigated greed, were exploiting sacred artifacts for huge sums of money. Her final task was to bring the criminals to justice; recover the sacred artifacts and return them to their rightful people. Plunder of the Ancients takes readers along on a dangerous and unprecedented assignment as Schroeder battles betrayal, evil spirits, and shape shifters for a cause she strongly believes in. Learn more at www.lucindaschroeder.com