Mound Builders and Cliff Dwellers (Lost Civilizations Series)
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Mound Builders and Cliff Dwellers is one of twenty-four volumes in the Time-Life book series Lost Civilizations. This series explores the worlds of the past, using the finds of archaeologists and other scientists to bring ancient peoples and their cultures vividly to life. This volume describes the archaeology of pre-Columbian North America with an emphasis on the Eastern Woodlands and the Southwest. Chapters One and Two reveal the Adena, Hopewell, and Mississippian cultures of the Eastern Woodlands. These cultures are known as Mound Builder societies as they constructed large earthen mounds for burial, religious, and ceremonial purposes. Many of these mounds are in the shapes of animals or unique geometric figures. These cultures flourished from around 500 B.C. to A.D. 1500. The Sinagua, Hohokam, Mogollon, and Anasazi cultures of the Southwest are described in Chapters Three and Four; these cultures flourished from around 200 and 1450 A.D. and are collectively known as Cliff Dwellers, though the term more accurately applies only to the Anasazi. Numerous photographs of artifacts, ruins, and archaeological sites enhance the narrative. In conclusion, Mound Builders and Cliff Dwellers is a great depiction of the pre-Columbian archaeology of North America. Includes maps, index, and bibliography. Highly recommended.