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Ancient ruins of the Southwest : an archaeological guide
Noble, David Grant.
Personal Author:
Second revised edition.
Publication Information:
Flagstaff, AZ : Northland Pub., 2000.
Physical Description:
xii, 238 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
The first Americans -- The Mogolon: roots of Pueblo culture -- The Hohokam: ancient dwellers of the desert -- The Anasazi: ancestors of the Pueblo Indians -- The Sinagua and the Salado: people in between -- The Fremont: rock artists of the north -- Pueblos and missions of New Mexico.
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E78.S7 .N63 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
E78.S7 .N63 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This indispensable guide to archaeological ruins of the American Southwest includes thirteen newly opened archaeological sites. Noble provides directions to each site, nearby towns, and campgrounds.

Author Notes

David Grant Noble is a writer and photographer living in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. At first excited at the prospect of going to New Mexico on a geological dig with her grandmother, 11-year-old Kathy is dismayed to learn that instead she'll stay with her aunt's good friend Concha. Kathy's grit is tested even more when she spots a transparent, hologramlike skull in the air as her plane approaches her destination. Although Kathy sees the frightening image at other times, no one else does. In addition to the young, vivacious Concha, who runs a general store in an old trading post, Kathy meets Luna, a Native American known for her healing powers, and Luna's niece, Willow, who's more interested in attending the police academy than learning Luna's craft. Others involved include a renegade young teen named Tim and a physician who resents Luna as much as she does him. These interesting characters and the mysterious events and sightings that plague Kathy swirl together with the bizarre mysticism of the crystal skull relic, its rightful owner, and Kathy's role in resolving an ancient conflict. An unusual and intriguing read. --Ellen Mandel

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-This sequel to The Shimmering Ghost of Riversend (1991) and The Secret of the Floating Phantom (1994, both Lerner) finds 11-year-old Kathy Wicklow in rural New Mexico, staying with her aunt's friend Concha. Disturbed by "visions" of a giant human skull without its lower jaw, Kathy stumbles across what might be an important artifact-a lower jaw made of crystal. When it is stolen from Concha's cabinet, Kathy's friend's Aunt Luna, a curandera (healing woman) and an adamant opponent of modern medicine, is the prime suspect. If Kathy's friends in some way represent the scientific worldview, and Luna the "ancient ways," then Kathy is the bridge between them, the link to show that the best path brings past and present ways together. Full of action and plot twists, the book is likely to be popular with readers wanting page-turning adventures. Lehr occasionally includes Spanish words in the text, a couple of which are misspelled.-Coop Renner, Moreno Elementary School, El Paso, TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xi
The First Americansp. 1
Alibates Flint Quarriesp. 3
Blackwater Drawp. 7
Buckhorn Wash Pictograph Panelp. 11
Sego Canyon Rock Art Sitep. 13
The Mogollon: Roots of Pueblo Culturep. 17
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monumentp. 19
Three Rivers Petroglyph Sitep. 21
Hueco Tanks State Historical Parkp. 23
Casas Grandesp. 26
Casa Malpaisp. 28
The Hohokam: Ancient Dwellers of the Desertp. 33
Pueblo Grande Ruinsp. 36
Park of the Canalsp. 38
Casa Grande Ruins National Monumentp. 41
Painted Rocks Parkp. 44
Romero Ruinp. 45
The Hardy Sitep. 48
The Anasazi: Ancestors of the Pueblo Indiansp. 51
Mesa Verde National Parkp. 55
Ute Mountain Tribal Parkp. 60
Anasazi Heritage Centerp. 62
Sand Canyon Pueblop. 65
Hovenweep National Monumentp. 67
Lowry Ruinsp. 70
Three Kiva Pueblop. 72
Edge of the Cedars State Parkp. 74
Canyonlands National Parkp. 76
Butler Wash Ruinsp. 79
Mule Canyon Indian Ruinsp. 81
Grand Gulch Primitive Areap. 82
Natural Bridges National Monumentp. 85
Anasazi State Parkp. 87
Bluff Great Housep. 89
San Juan Riverp. 91
Sand Island Petroglyph Sitep. 93
Navajo National Monumentp. 95
Canyon de Chelly National Monumentp. 98
Grand Canyon National Parkp. 102
Homol'ovi Ruins State Parkp. 106
Petrified Forest National Parkp. 109
Kinishba Ruinsp. 111
Chaco Culture National Historical Parkp. 113
Casamero Pueblop. 117
Dittert Sitep. 119
Zuni-Acoma Trailp. 120
El Morro National Monumentp. 123
Zuni Area Sitesp. 126
Aztec Ruins National Monumentp. 128
Salmon Ruinsp. 132
Chimney Rock Archaeological Areap. 135
The Sinagua and the Salado: People in Betweenp. 141
Elden Pueblop. 145
Wupatki National Monumentp. 148
Walnut Canyon National Monumentp. 151
Palatki, Red Cliffs, and Honankip. 153
V-Bar-V Ranch Petroglyph Sitep. 157
Montezuma Castle National Monumentp. 159
Tuzigoot National Monumentp. 163
Tonto National Monumentp. 167
Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Parkp. 168
The Fremont: Rock Artists of the Northp. 173
Newspaper Rockp. 176
Moab Area Rock Art Sitesp. 178
Dinosaur National Monumentp. 181
Dry Fork Canyon Petroglyphsp. 186
Nine Mile Canyonp. 189
Pueblos and Missions of New Mexicop. 193
Bandelier National Monumentp. 196
Puye Cliffsp. 201
Poshuouingep. 203
Petroglyph National Monumentp. 205
Coronado State Monumentp. 208
Pecos National Historical Parkp. 210
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monumentp. 214
Jemez State Monumentp. 220
Pueblitos of Dinetahp. 223
Afterword: The Future of the Past in the Southwestp. 227
Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979p. 229
Indexp. 231