Aaron M. Wright
Peril and Change in the Thirteenth-Century Southwest
A great mystery in the archaeology of the Southwest is the depopulation of the northern San Juan in the late thirteenth-century AD. Leaving Mesa Verde confronts this mystery with new paleoenvironmental data and much archaeological research. What arises is a story of conflict and disruption as a result of climate change, environmental degradation, social rigidity, and conflict.
In this essential collection, fifteen scientists use a variety of remarkably extensive data sets--including paleoclimatic information, demographic modeling, archaeological evidence of architecture and artifacts, and analysis of human, plant, and animal remains--to provide new explanations for the 13th-century mass migration of the Pueblo from the Mesa Verde area.
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