This volume is a compilation of over 50 years of archaeological research on the Basketmaker III and Pueblo I period occupations of Chaco Canyon--periods before the better-known greathouses (such as Pueblo Bonito) came into being. The volume reports on early excavations and surveys in Chaco and the nearby areas as well as can be done from existing records and archives, and on the relatively more recent work on such sites by the Chaco Project. It contains detailed information on the architectural patterns of these early periods, the shift in settlement locations and layouts over time, and the artifacts and material remains that were recovered from these sites. The volume contains important perspectives on how and why the great houses may have come into being, based on who and what was there before them.
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