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'Pre-Columbian Civilizations & Cultures'
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- 'The Anasazi' -

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Below are a selection of books about 'Pre-Columbian Civilizations & Cultures' that brought great architectural structures, social organisation, and also 'human blood sacrifice' to the various region of North, Central and South America. These empires were decimated by the Spanish Conquistadors, Portuguese explorers, and other European 'empire-builders', and much detail of their various cultures has been lost forever. But researchers in many fields have managed to reconstruct a series of pictures of daily life in the various cities, towns and villages, and the list below reflects the many views that are currently held about these diverse peoples.

They are in no order of preference, and the book descriptions are used where reviews are not available to us. The similarities, and great differences, between interpretations, often of the same material, urban remains, and local oral traditions recorded by early explorers, make up a body of knowledge that continues to intrigue, facinate and surprise everyone that delves into the mysteries of the many ancient Pre-Columbian cultures of the Americas.

 

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"Anasazi Ruins of the Southwest in Color"
by William M. Ferguson & Arthur H. Rohn

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"The Anasazi Indians of the Southwest represent 2,500 years of cultural continuity, from the early Basket Makers of 700BC to their modern descendants, the Pueblo Indians. The pueblos and cliff dwellings they built during their halcyon days between 1100 and 1500AD are the most spectacular ruins north of Mexico. In this book, all of the significant and accessible Anasazi ruins are photographed and described in detail. Special attention is paid to the magnificent sites of Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, and Kayenta. Also included are illustrations of rock art and examples of the delicate jewellery and beautiful ceramics that have survived."

 

"Anasazi America: Seventeen Centuries on the Road from Center Place" by David E. Stuart

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"At the height of their power in the late eleventh century, the Chaco Anasazi dominated a territory in the American Southwest larger than any European principality of the time. A vast and powerful alliance of thousands of farming hamlets and nearly 100 spectacular towns integrated the region through economic and religious ties, and the whole system was interconnected with hundreds of miles of roads. It took these Anasazi farmers more than seven centuries to lay the agricultural, organizational, and technological groundwork for the creation of classic Chacoan civilization, which lasted about 200 years only to collapse spectacularly in a mere 40."

 

"The Lost World of the Anasazi: Exploring the Mysteries of Chaco Canyon" by Peter Lourie

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"More than a thousand years ago, a people known as the Anasazi lived in the North American Southwest. They produced pottery, baskets, and cloth, and engaged in trade. They were master builders and erected magnificent structures. Then in the last half of the thirteenth century, something mysterious happened. The Anasazi walked away from their world and vanished into history. But why? One place to look for clues is in northwestern New Mexico, among the ruins of Chaco Canyon. The discovery of a network of roads leading to the canyon have led some archaeologists to believe that this may have been the very center of the Anasazi universe. But what drew them to this hot, dry canyon?"

 

"The Chaco Handbook: An Encyclopedic Guide (Chaco Canyon Series)" by R. Gwinn Vivian & Bruce Hilpert

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"Chaco Canyon, site of one of the most remarkable civilizations in North America prior to the European invasion, has long been the subject of speculation, fantasy and intense scientific exploration and study. The mystery of its origins may never be unraveled, which is perhaps the enduring lure of the Chaco Phenomenon. Visit the ruins of an English castle, or a coastal monastery destroyed by Vikings, and the origins and fate are readily available. At Chaco, the Great Houses built from about 850 AD to 11 AD were the highest stone structures built in the Americas until at least the 18th century."

 

"Roads to Center Place: A Cultural Atlas of Chaco Canyon and the Anasazi" by Kathryn Gabriel

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"Within the canyon country of New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado, the Anasazi built an elaborate system of carefully engineered roadways. Many of the roads connect to sites in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, and required an enormous amount of human labor to create. Nearly 200 miles of roads have been documented inthe past fifteen years by a handful of investigators, but the function and significance of these roads remain a mystery. Kathryn Gabriel, a journalist and researcher with a lifelong interest in Chaco Canyon and the Anasazi, examines Chacoan road systems, using analogies drawn from such diverse phenomena as the use of road metaphors in Pueblo Indian traditions and astronomical alignments of southwestern sites."

 

"Stories and Stone: Writing the Anasazi Homeland"
by Reuben J Ellis

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"Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Mesa Verde, Hoenweep. For many, such historic places evoke images of stone ruins, cliff dwellings, pot shards, and petroglyphs, for others, they recall ancestry. Remnants of the American Southwest's early inhabitants, the Anasazi, have mystified and tantalised explorers, settlers, archaeologists, artists and other visitors for centuries. For a select group of writers, the Anasazi have been a profound source of inspiration. Collected here are selections from a striking body of literature about the prehistoric Southwest. Reuben Ellis' introduction brings contemporary insight and continuity to the collection, and a section on 'reading in place' invites readers to experience these great works amidst the landscape that inspired them."

 

"Foundations of Anasazi Culture" by Paul F. Reed

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"Since the 1960s, large-scale cultural resource management projects have revealed the former presence of extensive and varied Basketmaker III populations across the entire northern Southwest. These discoveries have resulted in a greatly expanded view of the BMIII period (A.D. 550-750) which immediately proceeds the Pueblo phase. Particularly noteworthy are findings of Basketmaker remains under those of later periods and in sites with open settings, as opposed to the more classic Basketmaker cave and rock shelter sites. Foundations of Anasazi Culture explores this new evidence in search of further understanding of Anasazi development. Several chapters address the BMII-BMIII transition, including the initial production and use of pottery, greater reliance on agriculture, and the construction of increasingly elaborate structures."

 

"Anasazi Regional Organization and the Chaco System"
by David E. Doyel(Editor)

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"Chaco Canyon was a central place in the Ancient Southwest. Here, in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, architects and masons constructed a dozen 'great houses' made of formal masonry construction with as many as 650 rooms massed up to five stories high. Research in recent years suggests that Chaco appears to have represented a form of regional organisation that existed across much of the Colorado Plateau between AD 900 and 1200. This collection provides detailed analysis of the nature of Anasazi social organisation. This updated version includes a chapter 'Chaco Update 2000' which addresses research on Chaco settlements since the original publication of this volume in 1992."

 

"Anasazi" by David Muench & Donald G. Pike

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"A rich visual documentation of the ancient Native Americans who lived in the Four Corners region of the Southwest. Brilliant photography of their massive pueblo cities accompanies the eminently readable text. 127 full-color and black-and-white photographs."

 

"The Chaco Anasazi: Sociopolitical Evolution in the Prehistoric Southwest" by Lynne Sebastian

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"In the tenth century AD, a remarkable cultural development took place in the harsh and forbidding San Juan Basin of northwestern New Mexico. From small-scale, simply organized, prehistoric Pueblo societies, a complex and socially differentiated political system emerged that has become known as the Chaco Phenomenon. The origins, evolution, and decline of this system have long been the subject of intense archaeological debate. Lynne Sebastian examines the transition of the Chaco system from an acephelous society, in which leadership was situational and most decision making carried out within kinship structures, to a hierarchically organised political structure with institutional roles of leadership. She argues that harsh environmental factors were not the catalyst for the transition, as has previously been thought. This study combines information on political evolution with archaeological data to produce a sociopolitically based model of the rise, florescence, and decline of the Chaco Phenomenon."

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"The Chaco Meridian: Centers of Political Power in the Ancient Southwest"
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"Southwestern archaeologists have long pondered the meaning and importance of the monumental 11th-century structures in Chaco Canyon. Now, Stephen H. Lekson offers a lively, provocative thesis, which attempts to reconceptualize the meaning of Chaco and its importance to the understanding of the entire Southwest. A sophisticated astronomical tradition allowed for astrally aligned monumental structures, great ceremonial roads and-upon the abandonment of Chaco Canyon in the 12th century-the shift of the regional capital first to the Aztec site, then Paquime, all located on precisely the same longitudinal meridian.

 

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