...a tour de force of archaeological synthesis...[I]t identifies major themes in prehistory, while also providing a sample of the great variation... -- Canadian Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 29, 2005
John Kantner has crafted a captivating and highly readable book devoted to ancient Puebloan developments in the American Southwest. -- Kiva, Vol. 71, No. 1, 2005
In this accessible and illuminating study, John Kantner traces the evolution of Pueblo society in the American Southwest from the florescence of the Chaco and Mimbres in the AD 1000s up to and including the early decades of contact with the Spanish in the 16th century. Based on a diverse range of archaeological data, historical accounts, Pueblo oral history and ethnographic records, this is an invaluable introduction for all students of the Pueblo Southwest, and vital reading for any archaeologist with an interest in the origins of early civilizations.