The Lost World of the Old Ones

The Lost World of the Old Ones

Discoveries in the Ancient Southwest

Book - 2015
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"An award-winning author and veteran mountain climber takes us deep into the Southwest backcountry to uncover secrets of its ancient inhabitants. In The Lost World of the Old Ones, Roberts continues the hunt for answers begun in his classic book, In Search of the Old Ones. As he elucidates startling archaeological breakthroughs, Roberts also recounts his last twenty years of far-flung exploits in search of spectacular prehistoric ruins and rock-art panels known to very few modern travelers. His adventures range across Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado illuminating the mysteries of the Old Ones as well as of the more recent Navajo and Comanche. Roberts calls on his climbing and exploratory expertise to reach the remote sanctuaries of the ancients hidden within nearly vertical cliffs, many of which are unknown to archaeologists and park rangers. As a passionate advocate for an experiential encounter with history, Roberts mixes the findings of experts with personal explorations to raise questions that archaeologists have yet to address"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393241624
0393241629
Branch Call Number: 978.9004 R6436L 2015
Characteristics: 337 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm

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danielestes
Oct 03, 2017

The fields of Anthropology and Archaeology never cease to amaze me. The accepted theories these sciences have taught us about history is astounding. It's incredible how much we've pieced together from seemingly so little data.

The book is divided up by location, in the general region of the four corners area of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona. And with each section the author goes into explicit detail on how a given site connects with the ancient past. And the part he gets right, the nuance that makes this a great book instead of another boring one about pottery, is that he keeps the focus on the people that once existed, and what they were like, and not merely on the artifacts they left behind.

I've not read David Roberts' other book, In Search of the Old Ones, which is this book's precursor and arguably the more popular one, but this one was recommended to me as the better of the two. I can't yet say if that's true but I can tell you The Lost World of the Old Ones is thoroughly captivating. It's an exploration across time and space throughout the American southwest. It's like hearing a campfire tale of an alien people centuries ago only to realize it all happened, more or less, in our backyard.

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