Yellow Jacket: a four corners Anasazi ceremonial center by Frederick W. Lange, Nancy Mahaney, Mark L. Chenault, Joe Ben

By Frederick W. Lange, Nancy Mahaney, Mark L. Chenault, Joe Ben Wheat

Eightvo, [20cm/8inches], paperback with pictorial covers, pp. xi, sixty two. totally illustrated with sketches and b-w halftones

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Temporal Chart of Southwestern Prehistory. (Adapted from Lange and Leonard, Among Ancient Ruins) Page 5 Greater Mesoamerica. This, according to Reyman includes all of modern Mexico, New Mexico, Arizona, southeastern Utah, southwestern Colorado, the southeastern Gulf Coast of the United States, and it extends as far south as Guatemala, El Salvador, and western Honduras in Central America. Frequently cited examples of Mesoamerican contact or influence include platform mounds, stone palettes, pyrite mirrors, and copper bells at Hohokam sites such as Snaketown in Arizona, and macaw burials and architectural details at Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon in the Anasazi area.

Figures 20, 21, and 22 show the various cultural levels of a portion of House I, beginning with the earliest period and moving forward in time through the later periods. The various levels were found directly over one another, with the central pit structure being remodeled for each new phase. This structure was first constructed as a Basketmaker pithouse. During Pueblo II times, remodeling of the structure, to convert it to a Pueblo II kiva was begun but never finished. During the Pueblo III phase, the structure was completed and the masonry lining and six pilasters were added.

The environmental portions of the Dolores Archeological Program model suggest that the history of the corn-growing Anasazi in the Four Corners area was closely tied to a dry farming belt that was continually in flux: it expanded, shrank, and sometimes disappeared altogether. Three inter-related factors determined the size of the narrow strip on the divide between the Dolores and San Juan drainages that were available for farming: elevation (from 6,600-7,800 feet), moisture (more than 14 inches per year), and temperature (at least 110 frost-free days per year).

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