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Zeke Flora: Legacy in Rings Paperback – October 8, 2012


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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475252552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475252552
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,038,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lorna Gail LaDage moved to Durango, Colorado with her family in 1979. where she became interested in archaeology. After careers as a professional marathon runner, elementary school counselor and artist, Gail co-authored a book and published two articles on an endangered rock art site, the Pictured Cliffs near Waterflow, New Mexico. Research then led her to question the criticism by professional archaeologists of Zeke Flora's work as an avocational archaeologist during the 1930's. This book seeks to set the record straight.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol Beckmann on December 17, 2012
This is the touching and uplifting true story of a desperately poor, self-educated man from the depression who ultimately made major discoveries in tree-ring archaeological dating.
Zeke Flora was a family man and hard scrabble farmer with focused energy & intellect. Modern day archaeologists have unfairly denigrated his work and labeled him as "just a pothunter". But it is time to grant Zeke his due. Archaeology as a science was in its infancy in the 1920's,and modern methods did not yet exist. Zeke meticulously documented his work and shared his extensive data and ideas with the educated scientists of his day. His contributions are still relevant.
LaDage skillfully weaves a compelling life story with extensive archaeological documentation. She sets the record straight.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Lantz on December 1, 2012
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Joe Lantz
The Ancestral Pueblo culture of the Southwest Four-Corners area (where Colorado, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico meet) has generated much interest in the international archaeological community. The descendants of the ancient pre-literate neo-lithic culture are alive and well in the modern day Pueblo communities of New Mexico. They still retain certain cultural aspects of their ancient relatives. The Ancient culture evolved over a period of 700-800 years (600 CE to 1350 CE) from a relatively simple basket making pit dwelling culture to the complex culture of the multi-story Pueblos of Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, and Canyon de Chelly, ruins still visible today. Not only can anthropologists use modern Pueblo oral tradition to help interpret the evolution of Ancient Pueblo cultures, but they can also date the evolution of the Ancient Cultures to the year with the science of dendrochronology, or tree ring dating. This combination of modern day lore from Ancient Pueblo descendants and accurate tree-ring dating to study the evolution of an Ancient Neolithic culture is almost completely unique in the field of archaeology which explains the interest of the international archaeological and anthropological community.
A.E. Douglas, an astronomer, developed the science of dendrochronology and established the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research at the University of Arizona. Some of Douglass's earliest work from first part of the twentieth century was to date the ruins of these Ancestral Pueblos.
Surprisingly enough, another early enthusiastic supporter of dendrochronology was Zeke Flora, a brilliant amateur archaeologist.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bud Poe on January 4, 2013
For years, Zeke Flora's contributions to the knowledge of the Durango area archaeology have been questioned and denigrated. Some called him the "world's worst pot hunter". Lorna Gail La Dage's thoroughly researched and documented book sets the record straight. Not only did Flora conduct archaeological research equivalent to the standards of the times (1930 -1970, he actually made major contributions to the fields of tree-ring dating and dendrochronology according to Dr, Jeffery Dean, Professor Emeritus, University of Arizona.
This book follows the full life of Flora, born in 1901, through his hard scrabble time as a blue collar worker, to his passion for and conducting important research in archaeology.
I believe La Dage has fully restored Flora's reputation and highlights the significance of his contributions to the world of archaeology. A must read for those interested in this field.

Bud Poe
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