An Introduction to the Study of Southwestern Archaeology

Alfred Vincent Kidder; With a new essay by Douglas W. Schwartz

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Alfred Vincent Kidder’s Introduction to the Study of Southwestern Archaeology, a classic of New World archaeology, was the first regional synthesis and remains unsurpassed as a summary of Pueblo archaeology. It provides an excellent guide to historic and prehistoric sites of the Southwest, as they were known at the time, as well as a preliminary account of Kidder’s exemplary excavation at Pecos. Kidder was one of the pioneers of the technique of stratigraphy; he also broke new ground in approaches to the study of pottery and in the application of ethnological data to the interpretation of archaeological remains.

In a new introduction to the book, Douglas W. Schwartz discusses the history of Pecos Pueblo, the development of southwestern archaeology, and the enduring significance of Kidder’s work.

Alfred Vincent Kidder (1885–1963) was the dean of American archaeologists. From 1915 to 1929 he served as director of the Southwestern Expedition for Phillips Andover Academy, and from 1929 to 1951 as chairman of the Division of Historical Research in the Carnegie Institution of Washington, D.C., in which capacity he turned his attention to the Maya civilization of Mexico and Central America. Douglas W. Schwartz is president of the School of American Research in Santa Fe.

"Kidder’s great ability to carry out an extended program of excavation and to foster an extensive agenda of publication was aided by his skill as a synthesizer, most elegantly displayed in his masterful Introduction to Southwestern Archaeology."—Douglas W. Schwartz

ISBN: 9780300082975
Publication Date: July 11, 2000
400 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
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