Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock : The Ultimate Outlier

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This volume sheds new light on the geography and the history of the Chimney Rock Archaeological Area in southwestern Colorado. Home until the mid-twelfth century to the ancestral Pueblo peoples, the Chaco Canyon and Chimney Rock area holds a wealth of information for present-day archaeologists to uncover. This collection investigates the architecture, location, and alignment of Pueblo great houses and the significant features of designed clay feather holders. The contributors suggest varied pre-historical uses for the towering double spires of Chimney Rock: as a logging camp, military garrison, home of Chacoan priests, astronomical observatory, and/or ceremonial-pilgrimage center. Chimney Rock: The Ultimate Outlier is a model of multi-faceted inquiry into a physically intriguing and certainly symbol-laden ancient North American residential more

Product details

  • Hardback | 250 pages
  • 157.5 x 226.1 x 17.8mm | 430.92g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739108360
  • 9780739108369

Review quote

This important work puts the Chimney Rock Archaeological Site into a whole new context that redefines its astronomical significance in the Anasazi culture. The new theories presented will greatly enhance the current public interpretation of the site. -- Gary Fairchild, USFS Pagosa District Archaeologist On the eve of the Northern Lunar Standstill, this volume brings together the most respected researchers on the Anasazi world for a new look at Chimney Rock's cultural and astronomical significance. -- Glenn Raby, USFS Chimney Rock Site Manager Chimney Rock is thoughtfully explored by the contributors to this volume, archaeologists and archaeoastronomers who have worked at and puzzled about the nature of Chacoan society and this most spectacular and remote of Chacoan settlements. -- Linda S. Cordell, Director, University of Colorado Museum, Bouldershow more

About Bruce Bradley

J. McKim Malville is Professor Emeritus of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 The Many Meanings of Chimney Rock Chapter 3 Past and Present Research Chapter 4 Changing Settlement Patterns Chapter 5 Clusters of Clay: The Feather Holders of Chimney Rock Chapter 6 Petrographic Analysis of Chimney Rock Ceramics Chapter 7 Chimney Rock as a Chacoan Port-of-Trade Chapter 8 Chimney Rock: An Ancient Lumber Camp? Chapter 9 Wallace Ruin and Chacoan Missions Chapter 10 Bonito-Style Great Houses Chapter 11 Ceremony and Astronomy at Chimney Rock Chapter 12 Calendrical Knowledge and Ritual Power Chapter 13 The Evolution of the Chacoan Polity Chapter 14 Appendix: Chacoan or Choacoan-Like Outliersshow more