Ancient Ruins of the Southwest: An Archaeological Guide (Arizona and the Southwest)
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Ancient Ruins of the Southwest: An Archaeological Guide (Arizona and the Southwest)

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This third edition of David Grant Noble's indispensable guide to archaeological ruins of the American Southwest includes updated text and thirteen newly opened archaeological sites. From Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument in Texas to the Zuni-Acoma Trail in New Mexico, reader will be provided with old-time favorites and new treasures. In addition to descriptions of...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published January 1st 2000 by Cooper Square Publishing Llc (first published December 1st 1981)
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This book is solely for the keenly interested in the topic of the Ancient Ones of our Southwest USA: generically the Anasazi, or as the preferred group name, Ancestral Puebloans.

The chapters are organized by group names: Chacoans, Mogollon, Hohokam, etc., and more recent cultures of the historic period, the Fremont and Puebloan.

Often overlapping in time, and in adjacent geographies, Grant Noble discusses the cultural and architectural influences on each.

I liked it a lot, as an excellent referen...more
Ryan Mishap
Yes! From Mexico to Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado, Noble lists all the ruins there are to visit. He provides a brief history of each place and the people who lived there, which is fascinating enough for this to be good reading even if you aren't visiting. This book will be my guide for years to come as I search for ruins to visit. I'll probably never visit them all, but Noble can't live forever and then maybe I can take his job. Him and William Sullivan--as soon as they kick the bucke...more
"If you want to understand the differences between Anasazi, Mogollon, Hohokam, Sinagua and Salado, you get a very brief primer here. Otherwise the book is an interesting reference and catalog of many individual sites and regions containing sites ascribed to the aforementioned groups. I read this book early on in my studies and the distinctions were lost on me. A second read will probably warrant a higher rating. LOTS of pictures in this book which is very nice."
We have a trip planned for New Mexico and as I was exercising one morning I saw this book (well, the revised and expanded version) on my bookshelf. Glad I saved it. Read through the parts on the areas we are going to see and that much more excited about it! Definitely bringing it with me.
Clayton H
Peublos and more pueblos - if you are in the area this is the book to have, a marvelous guide that only touches and samples the history and cultural legacies of the cultures covered. But it does 'ruins' beautifully.
Jeffrey St.
Without question, the best popular guide to the Anasazi and Hohokom ruins of the desert southwest. Erudite and informative, with descriptive photos and trustworthy maps and directions. A model of its kind.
Excellent overview of the ruins of the Southwest plus a little bit of history; wish it had been updated more recently. A good guide and research tool if you're planning a trip to that region.
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