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Archaeology of Bandelier National Monument: Village Formation on the Pajarito Plateau, New Mexico

Edited by Timothy A. Kohler

The pre-Hispanic pueblo settlements of the Pajarito Plateau, whose ruins can be seen today at Bandelier National Monument, date to the late 1100s and were already dying out when the Spanish arrived in the sixteenth century. Until recently, little modern scientific data on these sites was available.

The essays in this volume summarize the results of new excavation and survey research in Bandelier, with special attention to determining why larger sites appear when and where they do, and how life in these later villages and towns differed from life in the earlier small hamlets that first dotted the Pajarito in the mid-1100s. Drawing on sources from archaeology, paleoethnobotany, geology, climate history, rock art, and oral history, the authors weave together the history of archaeology on the Plateau and the natural and cultural history of its Puebloan peoples for the four centuries of its pre-Hispanic occupation.

Contributors include Craig Allen (U. S. Geological Survey, Los Alamos, New Mexico), Sarah Herr (Desert Archaeology, Inc., Tucson, Arizona), F. Joan Mathien (National Park Service), Matthew J. Root (Rain Shadow Research and Department of Anthropology, Washington Sate University), Nancy H. Olsen (Anthropology Department and Intercultural Studies Division, De Anza College, Cupertino, California), Janet D. Orcutt (National Park Service), and Robert P. Powers (National Park Service).


Timothy A. Kohler is a professor of anthropology at Washington State University, Pullman. His exposure to the archaeology of New Mexico's Northern Rio Grande region began during a sabbatical year at the School of American Research in Santa Fe. He completes a four-year term as editor of American Antiquity in 2004.


"This study serves as a good example of the manner in which a long-term archaeological investigation can employ a variety of research methodologies. . . Overall, the work is clearly written. Highly recommended. Particularly for collections specializing in settlement studies of the precontact US Southwest."



"This is an informative book which corrects some misconceptions about the ruins at Bandelier."


Roundup Magazine

"Kohler and his coauthors have completed their project at Bandelier National Monument in exemplary form."


Journal of Anthropological Research

"The pros and cons of an aggregation model are discussed, as well as the research that is still needed in the future. Archaeology of Bandelier National Monument: Village Formation on the Pajarito Plateau, New Mexico is an interesting volume."


Missouri Archaeological Society Quarterly

8.5 x 11 in. 376 pages 92 figs., 32 maps, 83 tables