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Lourie, Peter: The Lost World of the Anasazi.

Lourie, Peter THE LOST WORLD OF THE ANASAZI. Il. by author. ISBN-13 978-1-59078-475-4. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 2003. 48 pp. $11.95. The disappearance of the Anasazi people has long puzzled archeologists. Upper elementary and middle school students may become caught up in this story of Chaco Canyon and the people who thrived there for at least 300 years. The author describes his own visit to the canyon, accompanied by archeologist Gwinn Vivian. Having spent most of his life studying the history of the canyon, Vivian shares both his own theories about the disappearance of the Anasazi and those of other scientists. Each page of the book includes one or two recent color photographs of the canyon or archival photos showing early archeological expeditions and finds. One photo, taken during an approaching thunderstorm, shows a road constructed by the Anasazi, leading from a large pueblo to the outlying smaller homes. Descriptions of the constructions (11 great houses with 100-500 rooms each) and photos showing the sophisticated stonework help readers imagine the size of the city and the advanced skills of its citizens. Young readers will gain an appreciation for the early civilization of the Anasazi. Ages 9-12. Reviewed by Connie Green, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
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Author:Green, Connie
Publication:Childhood Education
Date:Sep 22, 2007
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