In a real-life adventure, David Roberts explores America's greatest prehistoric mystery, who were the people known as the "Anasazi", the ancient old ones. In this exuberant, hands-on fly-on-the-wall account that combines the thrill of canyoneering and rock climbing with the intellectual sleuthing of archaeology to explore the Anasazi.
As an archaeologists, Roberts has been puzzling over the Anasazi trying to determine the environmental and cultural stresses that caused their society to collapse 700 years ago. He guides us through controversies in the historical record, among them the haunting question of whether the Anasazi committed acts of cannibalism. Roberts’s book is full of up-to-date thinking on the culture of the ancient people who lived in the harsh desert country of the Southwest.
Paperback: 272 pages