Lost World of the
Exploring the Mysteries of Chaco Canyon
By Peter Lourie
than a thousand years ago, a people
known as the Anasazi lived in the North
American Southwest. They produced
pottery, baskets, and cloth, and engaged
in trade. They were master builders
and erected magnificent structures. Then
in the last half of the thirteenth
century, something mysterious happened.
The Anasazi walked away from their world and vanished into
history. But why?
One place to look for clues is in
northwestern New Mexico, among the ruins of Chaco Canyon.
The discovery of a network of roads leading to the canyon
have led some archaeologists to believe that this may have
been the very center of the Anasazi universe. But what drew
them to this hot, dry canyon?
author's enthusiasm gives this handsome travelogue an inviting
immediacy; readers will go away with a clear sense of how
little is known, and how much remains to be discovered,
about this mysterious civilization."
Gorgeous full-color photographs of the many ruins found
in Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico enhance this
book, which details Lourie's personal journey to this sacred
site. In the clear, interesting text, the author describes
the stone buildings and relates information gleaned from
his guide, Gwinn Vivian, a local archaeologist. Lourie
has taken care to relate what is known about the structures
and the people who built them and to point out that much
about this culture remains a mystery."
Peter Lourie takes us on a journey
to the land of the ancient Pueblos. With veteran archaeologist
Gwinn Vivian as his guide, Lourie travels the desert Southwest
and finds a land as mysterious as the Anasazi themselves.