Fragile Patterns: The Archaeology of the Western Papaguería Jeffrey H. Altschul

ISBN: 9781879442986

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Fragile Patterns: The Archaeology of the Western Papaguería  by  Jeffrey H. Altschul

Fragile Patterns: The Archaeology of the Western Papaguería by Jeffrey H. Altschul
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The Western PapaguerÃa is characterized by a natural environment of stark, unparallelled beauty and a cultural history that is thus surprisingly rich and complex. Situated within the hottest and driest portion of the Sonoran Desert in southwestMoreThe Western Papaguería is characterized by a natural environment of stark, unparallelled beauty and a cultural history that is thus surprisingly rich and complex.

Situated within the hottest and driest portion of the Sonoran Desert in southwest Arizona and northwest Sonora, it has been viewed by many as a barren and formidable place, best avoided and unfit for exploration. The opening chapters of Fragile Patterns profile the pioneers of Southwest archaeology, professional and amateur, who braved this harsh environment and toiled for decades in near obscurity to document the region s archaeology. Their personal and professional challenges and their sometimes idiosyncratic approaches and personalities are richly described by fellow archaeologists.

In subsequent chapters, this land of fragile patterns in which each step can leave its mark for millennia is explored by a cadre of archaeologists, geoscientists, historians, land managers, and Native Americans, who convey their findings, their hopes, and their concerns about the Western Papaguería and its people. A new generation of archaeologists and geoscientists presents findings on farming in the desert- native plant use- reservoirs, pottery- regional cultures- rock art, geoglyphs, and rock cairns- and trade and travel.

Fragile Patterns concludes by interweaving Tohono O odham and Hia C-ed O odam perspectives with those of archaeologists and land managers, providing a rare forum for the voice and passion of the people of the Papaguería.



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