The Ancient Southwest: Chaco Canyon, Bandelier, and Mesa Verde

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-30
  • Publisher: Univ of New Mexico Pr
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Over twenty-five years ago, David Stuart began writing award-winning newspaper articles on regional archaeology that appealed to general readers. These columns shared interesting, and usually little-known, facts and stories about the ancient people and places of the Southwest. By 1985, Stuart had penned enough columns to fill a book, Glimpses of the Ancient Southwest, which has been unavailable for years. Now he has rewritten most of his original articles to include recently discovered information about Chaco Canyon, Bandelier, and Mesa Verde. Stuart's unusual perspective focuses on both the past and the present: "Want to know why gasoline now costs $4.00 a gallon, and is headed higher, yet we have no instant solution? Chacoan, Roman, even Egyptian archaeology all provide elemental answers." The Ancient Southwest shares those with us.

Author Biography

David E. Stuart was the first student in the state of West Virginia to earn a degree in anthropology. He earned his MA and PhD from UNM in 1970 and 1972. A cofounder of the University of New Mexico, Office of Contract Archaeology, he has conducted fieldwork in Mexico, Alaska, Ecuador, and the American Southwest, where he continues to publish in both anthropology and archaeology. Stuart served the University of New Mexico as a senior academic administrator for many years, and still teaches the archaeology of New Mexico. Readers may contact him at

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Walking West: July 1976-A Day's Work in Southwestern Archaeologyp. 1
A Land Rich In Archaeological Heritagep. 15
32,000 Crown Jewelsp. 17
Albuquerque: The City Ancientp. 23
Ground Zero: Indian Hill Pueblop. 29
Classic "Hunting" Societyp. 33
Sapellop. 35
Recent Paleo-Indian Finds Tell New Storyp. 41
The Folsom Site: A World-Class Discoveryp. 44
Folsom Hunters: Nerve, Skill, and High-Techp. 48
Peach Springs-Navajo Nationp. 52
Twilight Of "Hunting" Society And The Dawn Of Agriculturep. 57
Twilight of Classic "Hunting" Societyp. 59
Waiting for Sundownp. 64
Bat Cave Once Held Record on Most Ancient Cornp. 67
Gila Wilderness: Home of New Mexico's First Prehistoric Villagesp. 70
Chaco And Mimbres: Heyday Of The Ancient Southwestp. 75
The Chaco Anasazi Erap. 77
The Beginnings of Mimbres Archaeology: Silver City Takes on the Eastern Academic Establishmentp. 87
Mogollon and Jornada-Mogollon: Another Archaeological Frontierp. 90
Classic Mimbers Pottery Is Found in Surprising Placesp. 93
Once It Was "Law East of the Pecos"!p. 97
After The Fall Of Chaco And Mimbers Societyp. 101
Hard Times in the Highlands: After the Fall of Chaco and Mimbres Societyp. 103
Lonely La Bajada Mesa Was Once a Garden Spotp. 108
Site 616, Mariana Mesap. 110
Before the Apache Came to Apache Creekp. 113
Cliff Palaces and Kivas: From Mesa Verde to Bandelierp. 117
The Riverine Period: Roots of Modern Pueblo Societyp. 123
Epiloguep. 128
About the Authorp. 133
Indexp. 135
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