The Chaco Canyon and Its Mounments

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Author: Hewett, Edgar Lee (1865-1946)

Year: 1936

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press/School of American Research

Place: Albuquerque


234 pages with frontispiece, plates, figures, maps and appendices. Royal octavo (9 3/4" x 7 1/2") issued in dark blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and pictorial and embossed rule to front cover. Handbooks of Archaeological History. 1st edition.

The Handbooks of Archaeological History are designed to extend knowledge of Ancient America by presenting description of important centers of cultural development of the native American race, with ample illustrations of the monuments that mark the wreckage of its achievements. These descriptions are the result of long and arduous exploration and study on the ground, and of through sifting and selection from the work of all reliable investigators. It is pure culture history, for the race made no literary records, and no mortal of any other race witnessed or described its strivings. No other people helped to build these monuments and none helped to destroy them. They were mainly ruins when the first Europeans came. The American Indian builders had their great days and their decline before white men saw them.

Edgar Lee Hewett was an archaeologist/anthropologist active in work on the Native American communities of New Mexico and the southwestern United States, and most famous for his role in bringing about the Antiquities Act, a pioneering piece of legislation for the conservation movement. He was the founder and first director of the Museum of New Mexico, as well as the first president of the New Mexico Normal School, now New Mexico Highlands University.Hewett's dealings with the great potter Maria Martinez of San Ildefonso Pueblo were instrumental in establishing San Ildefonso as a center for Native American pottery, and indeed, for the rebirth of pottery as a significant folk art form in the region.Hewett also had a significant role in the formation of Bandelier National Monument and Chaco Culture National Historical Park, established to preserve extensive prehistoric ruins of the Pueblo people that he studied, largely through his role in bringing about the Antiquities Act authorizing the creation of such national monuments.


Corners and spine ends rubbed, corners bumped, light shelf wear else a very good copy lacking jacket.

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