By Stephen Blog
“The dry regions of the Southwest contain signs of some of the largest known prehistoric settlements. The most abundant evidence suggest that people arrived roughly 10,000 years ago, as the Ice Age subsided and the climate became more temperate. Plog provides a graphic, lucid account of the Anasazi, Hohokam and Mogollon to highlight how these ancient cultures evolved so successfully in response to their changing habitat.”—Science News
“Beautifully produced photography of the landscape, instructive line drawings, maps, as well as discussions of the life, art and dwellings of the mysterious earliest-known settlers of the American Southwest, make this a wonderful source of information…A handy reference for teachers and students of southwestern prehistory, as well as anyone simply curious about the first inhabitants of this part of the country.”—Bloomsbury Review
“Translates the dusty stones and bones of the archaeological record into a vibrant image of the people who lived in the ancient pueblos and cliff dwellings of the American Southwest.”—Jonathan Haas, The Field Museum, Chicago
“An excellent overview of current archaeological research…mercifully free of jargon.”
For the revised edition Stephen Plog has updated the text, focusing in particular on new research on the Archaic period and in Chaco Canyon
Stephen Plog is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Virginia. He has directed archaeological projects on Arizona’s Northern Black Mesa and in the Chevron region, and near Zuni in New Mexico.