• In Search of the Old Ones

  • Exploring the Anasazi World of the Southwest
  • By: David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Kaipo Schwab
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Americas
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

An 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.

David Roberts describes the culture of the Anasazi - the name means "enemy ancestors" in Navajo - who once inhabited the Colorado Plateau and whose modern descendants are the Hopi Indians of Arizona. Archaeologists, Roberts writes, have been puzzling over the Anasazi for more than a century, 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.

©1996 David Roberts (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"[Roberts's] awe at the region's beauty, with its sheer cliffs, canyons and mesas, and at the testaments to an unknown culture will be contagious for readers." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Great introductory book to the Anasazi culture. Very enjoyable and informative. Highly recommended and praised.

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good story if you don't want to learn about Indian

learned far more about the author and his predecessors than the Anasazi. interesting book but the title was deceiving

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great book

really enjoyed the book and glad the author did not give too many specifics. thanks for the consideration!

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Gr8 4 history of Archaeology & ancestral puebloans

the first few hours are a bit tough to get through as he explains the history of archaeology in the southwest and of ancestral puebloan sites. But it ties together very nicely as the rest of the book focuses on HIS experiences in the field. very thoughtful, fun listen. well worth the time 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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History Buff

Great book for those who love ancient Indian History. Easy to listen to, kept my attention!

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worst narrator ever

THis would have been good but I almost didn't finish because the narrator was so bad. Do the authors pick the narrators for their books?