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Richard Wetherill: Anasazi: Pioneer Explorer of Southwestern Ruins

Revised Edition

Frank McNitt

Anasazi, the Navajos' name for the "Ancient Ones" who preceded them into the Southwest, is the nickname of Richard Wetherill, who devoted his life to a search for remains of these vanished peoples. He discovered the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde and Kiet Siel and the Basket Maker sites at Grand Gulch, Utah, and at Chaco Canyon he initiated the excavation of Pueblo Bonito, the largest prehistoric ruin in the United States. His discoveries are among the most important ever made by an American archaeologist.


"McNitt has compressed a slice of western history, a lucid chronicle of pioneering archaeology, and the dramatic story of a group of fascinating characters. He writes with a genuine feeling and appreciation for the country in which Richard Wetherill lived out his turbulent years."


Los Angeles Times

"Valuable as well as interesting. An important contribution to the history of American archaeology."


American Anthropologist

5.25 x 8 in. 382 pages 4 drawings, 16 halftones, 4 maps