A History of the Ancient Southwest

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According to archaeologist Stephen H. Lekson, much of what we think we know about the Southwest has been compressed into conventions and classifications and orthodoxies. This book challenges and reconfigures these accepted notions by telling two parallel stories, one about the development, personalities, and institutions of Southwestern archaeology and the other about interpretations of what actually happened in the ancient past. While many works would have us believe that nothing much ever happened in the ancient Southwest, this book argues that the region experienced rises and falls, kings and commoners, war and peace, triumphs and failures. In this view, Chaco Canyon was a geopolitical reaction to the "Colonial Period" Hohokam expansion and the Hohokam "Classic Period" was the product of refugee Chacoan nobles, chased off the Colorado Plateau by angry farmers. Far to the south, Casas Grandes was a failed attempt to create a Mesoamerican state, and modern Pueblo people--with societies so different from those at Chaco and Casas Grandes--deliberately rejected these monumental, hierarchical episodes of their past.

From the publisher: The second printing of A History of the Ancient Southwest has corrected the errors noted below.
SAR Press regrets an error on Page 72, paragraph 4 (also Page 275, note 2) regarding "absolute dates." "50,000 dates" was incorrectly published as "half a million dates." Also P. 125, lines 13-14: "Between 21,000 and 27,000 people lived there" should read "Between 2,100 and 2,700 people lived there."

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Dr. Stephen Lekson earned his doctorate from the University of New Mexico. After a decade with the National Park Service and shorter stints with the Arizona State Museum, the Museum of New Mexico, and Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, he landed at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, where he has been curator of anthropology. Among his other books are Archaeology of the Mimbres Region, Salado Archaeology of the Upper Gila, Great Pueblo Architecture of Chaco Canyon, Nana's Raid, and Chaco Meridian.

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This...is a magnificent summary of what we know about our prehistory. Each two-part chapter...tries to describe both the key players, i.e., archaeological interpreters, past and present and the cultures they interpret and/or argue about. Lekson does not hesitate to name names when analyzing views he sees as sometimes intentionally wrong-headed and, as you might imagine, he has some strong opinions about what is good in the field as well as what is bad. --Southwest Books of the Year Best Reading 2010

Stephen Lekson is a gifted and passionate writer and speaker. The breadth of his knowledge...is remarkable, and the result is that he can posit relationships that many of us would never perceive, provocative relationships that lead us to ask new questions.... History [of the Ancient Southwest] includes many such ideas...and will continue to be widely read. --Stephen Plog, American Antiquity, 2011

In Southwestern archaeology, a mind like Steve Lekson's comes along once in a generation. This is his magnum opus -- a highwire act that strings hundreds of bold ideas into a dazzling new synthesis. --David Roberts

Lekson does not mince words or wit as he demonstrates an extraordinary command of anthropological, historical, philosophical and, of course, archaeological literature. This book is a groundbreaking study of the sort that comes along too seldom. ... This book matters. -- Stephen L. Black, Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Spring 2011

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