News for Tuesday, November 24, 2009

SAR Press Book Takes Top Award in Anthropology

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November 24, 2009, Santa Fe, NM.
For Immediate Release

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is pleased to announce that The Great Basin: People and Place in Ancient Times, edited by Catherine S. and Don D. Fowler, earned the top award in the category for Best Book in Anthropology/Archaeology/Science at the 2009 New Mexico Book Awards. The awards ceremony was held Friday, November 20th, in Albuquerque.

The Great Basin is about a place and the lifeways of the Native American people who lived in this vast area of western North America during the past 13,000 years. Featuring the research and writing of 29 authors, the book highlights the ingenious solutions people devised to sustain themselves in a difficult environment. The Great Basin is a semiarid and often harsh land, but one with life-giving oases. As the weather fluctuated from year to year and the climate from decade to decade, the availability of water, plants, and animals also fluctuated. Only people who learned the land intimately and read the many signs of its changing moods were successful. Evidence of their success is often subtle and difficult to interpret from the few and fragile remains left behind for archaeologists to find. These ancient fragments of food and baskets, hats and hunting decoys, traps and rock art, and the lifeways they reflect are the subject of this well-illustrated book.

The Great Basin is the latest book in SAR Press’s Popular Southwest Archaeology series that began with the publication of In Search of Chaco in 2003. Each of the five volumes in the series has now won major recognition for excellence in bringing cutting-edge research to the interested public.

Catherine and Don Fowler are available for interviews. Please contact Lynn Thompson Baca to make arrangements. Photographs from the book are available upon request.