In Search Of The Old Ones

In Search Of The Old Ones

by David Roberts


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An exuberant, hands-on fly-on-the-wall account that combines the thrill of canyoneering and rock climbing with the intellectual sleuthing of archaeology to explore the Anasazi.

David Roberts describes the culture of the Anasazi—the name means “enemy ancestors” in Navajo—who once inhabited the Colorado Plateau and whose modern descendants are the Hopi Indians of Arizona. Archaeologists, Roberts writes, have been puzzling over the Anasazi for more than a century, trying to determine the environmental and cultural stresses that caused their society to collapse 700 years ago. He guides us through controversies in the historical record, among them the haunting question of whether the Anasazi committed acts of cannibalism. Roberts’s book is full of up-to-date thinking on the culture of the ancient people who lived in the harsh desert country of the Southwest.

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ISBN-13: 9780684832128
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 04/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 272,330
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

David Roberts is the author of twenty-four books on mountaineering, adventure, and the history of the American Southwest. His essays and articles have appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, and The Atlantic Monthly, among other publications. He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts.

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In Search of the Old Ones: Exploring the Anasazi World of the Southwest 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like the author, I love visiting ancient ruins in the Southwest, but because of Mr. Roberts' climbing skills, the reader learns more about what it is like to travel to remote and more pristine ruins that most of us only dream about. The site descriptions are detailed and informative, but most of all this book teaches respect for visiting ruins and appreciation of the Anasazi's skills in using the terrain to their best advantage. Wonderful reading!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Introduction to the Anazi.
co_coyote on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is similar to Craig Childs' book on the Anasazi culture, House of Rain, although Roberts is a little more orthodox in his thinking and less willing to go out on a limb than Childs. Still, reading the two books together will give you an excellent understanding of the culture and people who disappeared from the desert southwest in the 12th century.
onefinemess on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A nice travelogue (?). The author isn't the best writer, but he is good at conveying his sense of purpose, and the emotions that he encounters on his trek. It's also a nice intro into the whole Anasazi thing from a non-scholarly type, it puts a more human face on many of the aspects of this particular search for knowledge.
cwflatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy the story of the Anastazi and the mystery around the Southwest Native Americans this is a great book. Would be a great way to plan a trip to the area or as in my case encourages me to read Hanted Mesa again. A good read for Native American enthusist, Backpacking, camping enthusist and desert entthusist.
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This might be Roberts best. THAT would say a lot! It moves along at a good pace. His descriptions of the landscapes put the reader there (if that is possible). Framing and understanding unsolved historic mystery is tough to do but taking it in as adventure makes it come to life. It is a great read!
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Even those with just a casual interest in the Anasazi would like this book. I felt as though I were along on Mr. Roberts travels -- he has done what I can only dream of doing! I enjoyed the mix of learning about history, archeology, and culture, while simply enjoying following along on an adventure.