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The Peopling of Bandelier

New Insights from the Archaeology of the Pajarito Plateau

Edited by Robert P. Powers

The Peopling of Bandelier2005. 160 pp., 104 black-and-white and 24 color illustrations, 2 maps, chronology, notes, reading list, index, 8.5 x 112005. 160 pp., 104 black-and-white and 24 color illustrations, 2 maps, chronology, notes, reading list, index, 8.5 x 11

Few visitors to the stunning Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument realize that its depths embrace but a small part of the archaeological richness of the vast Pajarito Plateau west of Santa Fe, New Mexico. In this beautifully illustrated book, archaeologists, historians, ecologists, and Pueblo contributors tell a deep and sweeping story of the region. Beginning with its first Paleo-Indian residents, through its Ancestral Pueblo florescence in the 14th and 15th centuries, to its role in the birth of American archaeology and the nuclear age, and concluding with its enduring centrality in the lives of Keresan and Tewa Indian peoples today, the plateau remains a place where the mysterious interplay of human culture and magnificent landscapes is written in its mesas and canyons. A must read for anyone interested in Southwestern archaeology and Native peoples.

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  • 2007 New Mexico Book Award

Contributors: Craig D. Allen, Rory Gauthier, Cynthia Herhahn, Timothy A. Kohler, Julian Martinez, Meredith Matthews, Marit K. Munson, Robert P. Powers, Robert Preucel, Angelyn Bass Rivera, Kari M. Schmidt, Monica L. Smith, James E. Snead, Joseph H. Suina, Tineke Van Zandt, Bradley J. Vierra, James Vint, Michael R. Walsh

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  • “Powers is to be congratulated on editing a beautifully illustrated and informative volume. Despite its extensive illustrations, this is not a coffee table book. Rather it is a serious popularization of the archaeology of Bandelier National Monument.

    The Peopling of Bandelier will be a welcomed read by anyone interested in Southwestern archaeology and Pueblo peoples.

    A strength of the volume is that...chapters move beyond simple description...to tackle questions of interest to the professional and the layman alike.

    The Peopling of Bandelier is a well-written, informative, beautifully illustrated book that is a nice addition to any library on Southwestern archaelogy.”
    Suzanne L. Eckert, Kiva: The Journal of Southwestern Anthropology and History,Vol. 73, No. 1, Fall 2007
  • “The Peopling of Bandelier is delightfully produced. An eclectic mix of archaeological and ethnographic investigations, natural history, ecology, farming practices, rock art, ceramics, trails, cave pueblos and more recent records is presented in text, excellent photographs and reproductions including cartoons.”
    Madeleine Hummler, Antiquity 79 (2005)
  • “[This] new popular archaeological book edited by Robert P. Powers enlightens readers about the Pueblo prehistory in Bandelier National Monument and its surroundings…. [F]or those of us who enjoy visiting Bandelier and are familiar with the ruins and rock art, this authoritative and beautifully produced book is a must-read.”
    David Grant Noble, New Mexico Archaeology Newsletter (November 2005)
  • “This is a beautifully illustrated, popular account of the prehistory [of] the Pajarito Plateau, including that portion encompassing the Bandelier National Monument…. I highly recommend the book for colleagues and park visitors alike; it's a superb example of the best of such presentations.”
    William Longacre, Journal of Anthropological Research, vol. 62 (2006)

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