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Lost world of the old ones : discoveries in the ancient Southwest / David Roberts.

By: Roberts, David, 1943-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : W. W. Norton, 2016, c2015Description: 337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0393352331; 9780393352337.Subject(s): Pueblo Indians -- Antiquities | Indians of North America -- Southwest, New -- Antiquities | Sacred space -- Southwest, New | Rock paintings -- Southwest, New | Southwest, New -- Antiquities | Roberts, David, 1943- -- Travel -- Southwest, New | Southwest, New -- Description and travel | Four Corners Region -- Antiquities | Roberts, David, 1943- | Antiquities | Indians of North America -- Antiquities | Pueblo Indians -- Antiquities | Rock paintings | Sacred space | Travel | Southwest, New | United States -- Four Corners RegionDDC classification: 978.9004/974 LOC classification: E99.P9 | R5375 2016
Contents:
Prologue: Waldo's catwalk -- The cowboy's Indians -- Things -- Cedar Mesa revisited -- Chaco Meridian -- Wandering the Rez -- Land of Enchantment I -- Land of Enchantment II -- Exploring the fifty -- Deso days -- Epilogue: Return to the Basket.
Scope and content: "An award-winning author and veteran mountain climber takes us deep into the Southwest backcountry to uncover secrets of its ancient inhabitants. In The Lost World of the Old Ones, Roberts continues the hunt for answers begun in his classic book, In Search of the Old Ones. As he elucidates startling archaeological breakthroughs, Roberts also recounts his last twenty years of far-flung exploits in search of spectacular prehistoric ruins and rock-art panels known to very few modern travelers. His adventures range across Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado illuminating the mysteries of the Old Ones as well as of the more recent Navajo and Comanche. Roberts calls on his climbing and exploratory expertise to reach the remote sanctuaries of the ancients hidden within nearly vertical cliffs, many of which are unknown to archaeologists and park rangers. As a passionate advocate for an experiential encounter with history, Roberts mixes the findings of experts with personal explorations to raise questions that archaeologists have yet to address"--Provided by publisher.
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"An award-winning author and veteran mountain climber takes us deep into the Southwest backcountry to uncover secrets of its ancient inhabitants. In The Lost World of the Old Ones, Roberts continues the hunt for answers begun in his classic book, In Search of the Old Ones. As he elucidates startling archaeological breakthroughs, Roberts also recounts his last twenty years of far-flung exploits in search of spectacular prehistoric ruins and rock-art panels known to very few modern travelers. His adventures range across Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado illuminating the mysteries of the Old Ones as well as of the more recent Navajo and Comanche. Roberts calls on his climbing and exploratory expertise to reach the remote sanctuaries of the ancients hidden within nearly vertical cliffs, many of which are unknown to archaeologists and park rangers. As a passionate advocate for an experiential encounter with history, Roberts mixes the findings of experts with personal explorations to raise questions that archaeologists have yet to address"--Provided by publisher.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 309-314) and index.

Prologue: Waldo's catwalk -- The cowboy's Indians -- Things -- Cedar Mesa revisited -- Chaco Meridian -- Wandering the Rez -- Land of Enchantment I -- Land of Enchantment II -- Exploring the fifty -- Deso days -- Epilogue: Return to the Basket.

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Library Journal Review

Roberts (In Search of the Old Ones) returns to the American Southwest, bringing his experiences as a climber, traveler, and writer to the history of the Pueblo and Navajo peoples. Readers will follow the author into canyon country, hiking through pinyon-juniper stretches and scaling hidden alcoves. The text discusses important issues in anthropology, including archaeological preservation, the relationships of the natives to the historical landscape, and the complicated tensions between archaeologists and natives. Serious students of history and archaeology may glaze over the episodic adventurism, but the work succeeds in popularizing the often overly technical or inaccessible archaeological literature. Readers who are more interested in history than hiking may prefer Stephen Lekson's History of the Ancient Southwest. Nevertheless, Roberts has done his homework, and the book serves as an excellent literature review of Southwestern archaeology. In addition to examining common questions (e.g., Where did the Four Corners people go after the 13th century?), Roberts delves into less-charted territory, lending time to the Fremont culture and the Navajo leader Hoskinini. VERDICT Part history, part memoir, part excursion, this work is a great companion for scholar-adventurers.-Jeffrey Meyer, Mt. Pleasant P.L., IA © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

An award-winning author and veteran mountain climber. David Roberts is the author of twenty-seven books about mountaineering, adventure, exploration, and Western history and anthropology. He lives in Massachusetts.

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