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The Mimbres: Art and Archaeology

Jesse Fewkes

This reissue of three early essays on Mimbres archaeology and design fills a major gap in the literature on the Mimbres, whose pottery has long fascinated students of the prehistoric Southwest. Fewkes, one of the eminent archaeologists of the early twentieth century, introduced Mimbres art to scholars when he published these essays with the Smithsonian Institution between 1914 and 1924, under the titles Archaeology of the Lower Mimbres Valley, New Mexico, Designs on Prehistoric Pottery from the Mimbres Valley, New Mexico, and Additional Designs on Prehistoric Mimbres Pottery. Long out-of-print, these essays represent the first analysis and description of the complex abstract and representational designs that continue to fascinate us 2,000 years after they were painted.


Jesse Walter Fewkes (1850-1930) began studying the Snake Ceremony in 1891 and continued for six years.

Published By Museum of New Mexico Press/Published in association with El Rancho de las Golondrinas Museum

6 x 9 in. 176 pages 293 illustrations