Anasazi America Seventeen Centuries on the Road from Center Place

ISBN-10: 0826321798

ISBN-13: 9780826321794

Edition: 2000

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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, organisational, and technological groundwork for the creation of classic Chacoan civilisation, which lasted about 200 yearsonly to collapse spectacularly in a mere 40. Why did such a great society collapse? Who survived? Why? In this lively book anthropologist/archaeologist David Stuart presents answers to these questions that offer useful lessons to modern societies. His account of the rise and fall of the Chaco Anasazi brings to life the people known to us today as the architects of Chaco Canyon, the spectacular national park in New Mexico that thousands of tourists visit every year. Chacos failure, Stuart argues, was a failure to adapt to the consequences of rapid growth. Foremost among Chacoans problems were misuse of farmland, malnutrition, loss of community, and inability to deal with climatic catastrophe. The descendants of the Anasazi, the Pueblo Indians of the Southwest, adapted strategically to minimise the impact of these problems.
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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Publication date: 5/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

David E. Stuart, the first student in the State of West Virginia to earn a degree in Anthropology, came to UNM in '67/'68 where he earned the Masters and Ph.D. and, later, an honorary doctorate from WVa Wesleyan College. He has conducted fieldwork in Mexico, Alaska, Ecuador, and the American Southwest, where he continues to publish in both Anthropology and Archaeology. He served the University of New Mexico as a senior academic administrator for many years, and still teaches the Archaeology of

Acknowledgments
Preface
Prologue Daniel's Question
The Rhythms of Civilization
The Roots of Anasazi Society
The Role of Agriculture
The Rise of the Chaco Anasazi
The Chaco Phenomenon
The Fall of Chacoan Society
The Upland Period
The Creation of Pueblo Society
Enduring Communities
Epilogue
Notes
Glossary
Suggested Readings
References Cited
Index
Biographical Note
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