Spanning 14,000 years, this handsome volume describes how settlements and cities evolved--vital developments in human history. Thoughtful text, complemented by haunting color photos, explores mysteries and recent discoveries....
|Title||:||America's Ancient Cities|
|Number of Pages||:||199 Pages|
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America's Ancient Cities Reviews
tantalizing look at the way of life, landscape structures and myths of American native peoples in the Northwest, Southwest, Plains, Mesoamerica etc demonstrating the richness and sophistication of technically Stone Age cultures
This book had some good information as a general overview. I learned quite a lot. I was surprised, however, that the Inca were not mentioned. Basically, it deals with the civilizations of North and Central America, but not South America. So, really the title should read "North America's Ancient Cities." My second problem with this book is that the author sometimes assumes that the readers know more than they do and neglects to define certain words that have to do with the culture/architecture being discussed. The Main example of this is the word "Kiva." It is first mentioned on page 6 in the caption for an aerial picture of city ruins. That's part of the foreword, so its not being defined there can be forgiven, however it is next mentioned on page 87 and many times in the discussion of the southwestern cultures. Being stubborn, I did not look it up online or in an encyclopedia, instead insisting that this is something that the author HAD to make clear at some point or other, but there is no definition in the entire book. The word is used many times over the next 20 pages, and through context clues one can eventually figure out that a kiva is a round room that has something to do with religion, but just to give you an idea of how far afield one can be in those early pages, I at first thought it might have been a sort of cistern. The author often mentions that a certain village was "served by" however many kivas, and it's fairly clear from that picture on page 6 that a kiva is a round structure - they stick out quite obviously in the photo - but the actual function is never explicitly stated. I was on page 100 and complaining about the lack of a definition to my husband when he decided to just look it up and read the definition to me from Wikipedia.
Not a detailed look at the cities or cultures, but interesting.
A largely pictoral book. It's truly amazing what's out there.