House of Rain

House of Rain

Tracking A Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest

eBook - 2007
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The greatest unsolved mystery of the American Southwest is the fate of the Anasazi, the native peoples who in the eleventh century converged on Chaco Canyon (in today's northwestern New Mexico) and built a flourishing cultural center that attracted pilgrims from far and wide, a vital crossroads of the prehistoric world. The Anasazis' accomplishments--in agriculture, art, commerce, architecture, and engineering--were astounding, as remarkable in their way as those of Mayans in distant Central America. By the thirteenth century, however, the Anasazi were gone from the region. What brought about the rapid collapse of their civilization? Was it drought? pestilence? war? Naturalist Childs draws on the latest scholarly research, as well as on a lifetime of adventure and exploration in the most forbidding landscapes of the American Southwest, to shed new light on this compelling mystery.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2007
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316145237
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 496 pages) : illustrations, maps

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SPPL_János Mar 15, 2018

Experienced desert wanderer Childs traces the journeys of the Ancestral Puebloans, catching tantalizing glimpses of their complex societies everywhere from well-known ruins to uncharted back canyons. At turns academic and lyrical, Childs is a unique voice that conveys the siren song of a people veiled by time and an arduous environment.


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