Book Review – Ancient Ruins and Rock Art of the Southwest

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Ancient Ruins and Rock Art of the Southwest: An Archaeological Guide

By David Grant Noble

(Taylor Trade Publishing, 2015; 304 pgs., illus., $20 paper, $10 ebook; www.rowman.com)

David Grant Noble has updated his essential guidebook to archaeological ruins in the greater Southwest.  In this new, fourth edition, he describes more ruins in more places and adds new color photos and better maps to help everyone find the sites.   He also incorporates new information gained by the most recent research.

This guide describes dozens of archaeological sites, including ancient rock art panels and historic sites, in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Utah.  The sites are selected because they are open to the public, reasonably accessible, monitored and cared for, and in most cases interpreted for the layman.  The book includes information about roads, towns, campgrounds, and other facilities that is very helpful to even the most seasoned archaeological explorer.

Noble is the most prolific interpreter of archaeology in the America Southwest, with dozens of books on the subject.  This guide is the bible of both professionals and amateurs, and virtually no one visiting ancient ruins in the Southwest goes without it.

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