Mesa Verde Ancient Architecture is the true story of two men's gift to the world and to
posterity. The book contains two essays written by Jesse Walter Fewkes about
the Native American ruins at Cliff Palace and Spruce Tree House, the two
premier sites at Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. Fewkes began his work of
documenting and preserving these ruins in 1908.
Larry Nordby took up where
Fewkes left off and thus both men have helped document a national treasure,
Mesa Verde National Park.
Fewkes discusses the architecture and unique construction styles, the
ethnology, and the art of these prehistoric cliff dwellers. Larry Nordby is
the current resident archaeologist, and first since Fewkes, at Mesa Verde
Nordby's Introduction provides a current update on the
contemporary research being done at theses sites and the perspective placed
by current standards on Fewkes' research.
This is an intimate look at an astounding archaeological site through the eyes
of the first professional to study it. Mesa Verde is a huge area, and contains some of the
Southwest's most spectacular architecture.