January 1, 2017
Edited by Richard O'Connor
Here is news of anthropological and archaeological studies of
the region and particularly of the prehistoric culture of
Paquimé and the Casas Grandes Valley whose ceramics attracted
Juan Quezada as a boy and inspired the modern pottery movement
in Mata Ortiz.
The XII Conference on Archaeology of the Northern Frontier
was held at the Museum of Northern Cultures in Casas Grandes
October 15-17, 2009. One of a series of conferences sponsored by
INAH Chihuahua to understand the florescence of Casas Grandes,
this conference focused on regional interaction between western
and northern Mexico as evidenced by shared iconography and
symbolism. What were the artistic and religious influences of
the coastal cultures on the desert cultures of Casas Grandes,
Hohokam, and Anasazi? Presenters were Eduardo Gamboa, Jorge
Villanueva Villalpando, Otto Shoundube, Arturo Guevara,
Francisco Mendiola, Patricia Carot, Marie-Areti Hers, Joel
Santos, and José Luís Punzo Díaz. Contact Eduardo Gamboa
sr_paquime[at]hotmail.com), Director, Museo Culturas del Norte, Casas Grandes,
Kiara Maureen Hughes
passed her dissertation defense in ethnology at the University
of New Mexico on May 18, 2009. Dr. Hughes studied the ways in
which women's participation in the household production of
pottery in Mata Ortiz has affected their personal, economic, and
artistic autonomy. Kiara, congrats!
A bevy of
archaeologists convened in the summer of 2007 at the Center for
Casas Grandes Studies, Pueblo Viejo Courtyards, Casas Grandes.
Under the Southern Chihuahua Project,
A.C. ”Art” MacWilliams,
University of Calgary, and
Alberto “Beto” Peña
Rodríguez, UNAM, Mexico City, analyzed collections related
to agricultural origins in the Archaic Period, specifically the
beginnings of corn agriculture.
University of Tulsa gathered soil samples from agricultural
features in the region, particularly Mata Ortiz, the Tinaja
Valley, and Cerro Moctezuma. Paleopathologist
University of Oregon, and osteologist
University of New Mexico, studied human bone fragments recovered
from Paquimé by Charles Di Peso and Eduardo Contreras. Tucson
dendrochronologist Stuart Scott looked in briefly.
University of Arizona, assisted
and Keith Mendez’
(University of Tulsa)
chipped stone analysis with material excavated during two
seasons (2005-2006) of excavations at
half-way up the Cerro
Moctezuma a few miles east and south of Paquimé. Todd hopes
to discover whether and how this site related to Paquimé, and
what its purpose might have been at such a high elevation from
the valley floor. He returned summer 2008 for a further season
of artifact analysis.
Christine and Todd Van Pool [vanpoolc[at]missouri.edu] carried out an extensive archaeological survey, summer 2007, at Janos, Chihuahua. With the help of a crew of more than a dozen volunteers, they recorded over 20 Medio-period sites. They also mapped and photographed Cerro del Diablo. Their analysis of the rock art there suggests that most of it dates to the archaic. (They are also trying to understand the unexpected number of bedrock mortars out there.) They submitted a three-year excavation grant proposal to NSF, hoping to start excavations at three sites near Janos in the summer of 2009. Keep your fingers crossed!
Christine S. Van Pool’s
comprehensive study of Casas Grandes iconography and cosmology
as found chiefly on pottery was published in 2007 as Signs of
the Casas Grandes Shamans. Cloth, 6 x 9, some color plates.
ISBN 10: 0-87480-874-X. University of Utah Press (801-581-6771),
1793 E. South Campus Drive, #101, Salt Lake City, Utah
Elizabeth (“Beth”) Bagwell
has taken a position with
Desert Archaeology in Phoenix. Her
Production in Northwest Mexico, a report on her findings
from several seasons of fieldwork in the Tres Rios area of the
high Sierra near the Sonora border studying the architectural
features of a number of well-preserved cliff dwellings, won the
University of New Mexico’s prestigious 2007 Popejoy Dissertation
Prize. The dissertation is available for $35, depending on
format, from the Bell and Howell Information & Learning web
earned a doctorate from the University of New Mexico in 2006 for
his study of the organization of production and pottery
standardization in Mata Ortiz. His ethnoarchaeological study of
pottery production in the village tested the models and methods
archaeologists use to reconstruct prehistoric production
organization and, by extension, prehistoric economic
organization. The dissertation,
into the Organization of Production and Product Standardization
in Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico, is available
for $35, depending on format,
from the Bell and Howell Information & Learning web site,
Estes, 11352 David Carrasco, El Paso, TX 79936
Steve Lekson has a new blog that he is writing as he pulls
a new book together and included Paquimé as an important site.
His description and website for further links:
“The Southwest in the World” is the working title of a book I’m
writing, and a blog that posts excerpts – drafts – from the
book. Those drafts remain up for a few weeks, to be replaced by
another draft section, and so on until the book is finished. The
second posting comes from a chapter on towns and cities: “Scalar
Thresholds” revisits a topic that’s interested me for three
decades: settlement size and political elaboration. Using
Dunbar’s Number and archaeological data, I think we can explain
the “K-L threshold” of 2,500, beyond which a community must have
hierarchical political arrangements. The Southwest is
interesting because many settlements bumped up against the K-L
rule, but only a few broke through.
2003 number of Archaeology Southwest (17:2) is entirely
devoted Chihuahua archaeology. Eleven short summaries of
selected topics include Paul E. Minnis, "The Casas Grandes
Community;" T. Alan Pitezel, "The Hilltop Site of El
Pueblito;" John R. Roney and Robert J. Hard, "Late
Archaic Villages on the Rio Casas Grandes;" and Gloria J.
Fenner, "Charles DiPeso and Casas Grandes." These
articles, with numerous color photos, give an excellent overview
of the current state of knowledge of Chihuahua archaeology.
Order for $3.00 from Sally A. Thomas (520-882-6946, fax
520-882-6948), Office Manager, Center for Desert Archaeology,
300 E. University #230, Tucson, AZ 85705. http://www.cdarc.org/
Bradley, Ronna Jane
“Recent Advances in Chihuahuan Archaeology,” in
Greater Mesoamerica: The Archaeology of West and Northwest
Mexico, edited by M. Foster and S. Gorenstein, pp. 221-240.
Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press.
Braniff, Beatriz C.
Gran Chichimeca: El Lugar del las Rocas Secas. Mexico
D.F., Mexico: Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes.
Casserino, Christopher Michael
Violence and Site Abandonment at Casas Grandes, Chihuahua,
Mexico. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Oregon Department
of Anthropology. 133pp.
This research uses osteological data obtained from
studying skeletal remains from the DiPeso excavations at
Paquimé. This data indicates that warfare was not endemic to the
region and that a massacre did not occur at the site as had been
previously asserted. This bone study did support the idea that
cannibalism and probably human sacrifice were practiced.
Center for Desert Archaeology
“Casas Grandes Archaeology—Some References.” A
selected bibliography of some important sources on Paquimé,
published on-line at
The Center for
Desert Archaeology (center[at]cdarc.org,
520-882-6946), 300 S. University Blvd #230, Tucson AZ 85705.
"Casas Grandes Effigy Vessels: Charles C. Di Peso's
Premise Revisited." American Indian Art Magazine 29:2
(February). The author cites Charles Di Peso's belief that
Paquimé was a Mesoamerican pueblo and shows examples of pottery
designs depicting Mesoamerican deities.
Cordell, Linda S. and Don D. Fowler, eds.
Southwest Archaeology in the Twentieth Century.
This survey of Southwest archaeology includes a chapter, “The Development of Archaeology in Northwest Mexico” by Jane H.
Kelley and A.C. MacWilliams, giving an excellent overview of the
history of archaeology in Chihuahua and Sonora from the late 19th
century through the end of the 20th. It cites the
work of Charles DiPeso to illustrate how bi-national cooperation
can provide rich data. The
University of Utah Press, 2005.
Casas Grandes: A Fallen Trading Center of the Gran
Chichimeca. Flagstaff AZ: Northland Press. Edited by
Gloria J. Fenner, illustrated by Alice Wesche. 8 volumes. The
official report of the excavations of the ruins of Paquimé,
Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, 1959-1961. The first three volumes
contain text, while the last five contain data and additional
commentary. In addition to its reputation as a classic
archaeological report, Alice Wesche’s rich and whimsical
illustrations make the first three volumes a book collector’s
Middle-Range Research into the Organization of
Production and Product Standardization in Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua,
Mexico. Ph.D. dissertation, University of New Mexico
Department of Anthropology. Xx, 388 leaves: ill., map, charts;
29 cm. Order for $35, depending on format, from the Bell and
Howell Information & Learning web site,
Fisher, Richard D., Ed.
History of Copper Canyon and the Tarahumara Indians.
A historical anthology containing excerpts from Carl
Lumholtz' Unknown Mexico (1890), Grant Shepherd's
Silver Magnet (Shepherd grew-up in 1880 Batopilas), and two
full-color sections by Richard D. Fisher, photographer and
editor. The works by Lumholtz and Shepherd are historical
classics on Copper Canyon and the Tarahumara Indians. Soft
cover, 107 pp., $19.95 plus $2 shipping from Sunracer
Publications, PO Box 86492, Tucson AZ 85754.
Fisher, Richard D.
“Ancient Knowledge of the Chaco Canyon Anasazi,”
D. Fisher, Grand Canyons
Worldwide, pages 77-126. The
author’s outside-the-box thinking on the Chaco Canyon
Anasazi-Paquimé archaeological enigma
includes the following headings: Chacoan Enigma; Chacoan System
of Agricultural enterprise and Ritual Landscape; Kivas as
Anasazi Granaries?; Styles and Technology of
Paquimé/Chaco-Pueblo Bonito Kiva Silos; Human Load Transport
Analysis; Fertilizer Production: Anasazi-Hohokam-Paquimé;
Agricultural Strategies and Architectural Designs; Natural
Fertilizer Harvesting and Production Chaco Anasazi; Where Did
the Chaco Canyon Anasazi Come From and Where Did They Go?;
Long-Distance Transport Routes—Scarlet Macaw/Shell;
Tarahumara/Seasonal Migration—Long Distance Travel; Oasis
America Timelines and Mesoamerican Dietary Practices; Chaco
Canyon Anasazi: Iron-Deficient Diet—Anemia; Anasazi and
Cannibalism; Hohokam Agricultural Strategies; Religious
Ceramic/Rock Art/ Architectural Design.
Grand Canyons Worldwide: ISBN No. 0-9678907-1-3, soft cover,
$29.95 plus $5 shipping from Sunracer Publications
(520-882-5341), PO Box 86492, Tucson AZ 85754. ISBN No.
0-9678907-1-3, softcover, 340 pages.
Fisher, Richard D. and Kate Bauer
"Paquimé: The Anasazi Rosetta Stone; Sophisticated
Agricultural Strategies Paquimé /Anasazi/Hohokam Pre-Columbian
Cultures A.D. 700-1425-1475."
unifying theory consisting of seven elemental hypotheses for
archaeological interpretations of Oasis America. Contact the
author at 520-882-5341.
Foster, Michael and Shirley Gorenstein, eds.
Greater Mesoamerica: The
Archaeology of West and Northwest Mexico.
The publisher writes that
this book, a compilation of essays by 15 authors from a 1992
conference, “expands the definition of
‘Mesoamerica’ beyond the more traditionally accepted central
Mexican areas to both western and northwestern Mexico where
sophisticated cultures were flourishing outside the realm of
Spanish influence. It is the first comprehensive overview of
both regions since the Handbook of Middle American Indians was
published in the early ‘70s.” ISBN 0-87480-655-0. 307 pages,
hardcover. $65. University of Utah Press (800-773-6672), 1795 E.
S. Campus Dr., Suite 101, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9402.
Paquimé: Un ensayo sobre Prehistoria Chihuahuense.
An over-all, popular treatment in Spanish of the region around
Paquimé from earliest times, with many photographs of the
excavations and the pottery. Ciudad Chihuahua: Librería Kosmos.
Available from the publisher at Josué Neri Santos #111, Col.
Centro, Chihuahua, Chih., Mexico, or for $18 USD from
Doblehelice (Tel/fax 614-410-2414), Gómez Farías 404-C, Centro,
Goodwin, Grenville and Neil
The Apache Diaries: A Father-Son Journey.
University of Nebraska Press. A fascinating record of a search
for the last remaining Apache bands in the Sierra Madre west of
and in the general vicinity of Casas Grandes. $35 hardcover,
$13.56 softcover, from
Hard, R. J., J. Zapata, B.
Moses, and J. R. Roney
“Terrace Construction in Northern Chihuahua, Mexico at
1150 B.C. and the Present.” Journal of Field Archaeology
Hard, R. J., and J. R. Roney
“A Massive Terraced Village Complex in Chihuahua,
Mexico, 3000 Years before Present.” Science
Hayes, Allan and Carol, with photographs by John Blom
Desert Southwest: 4,000 Years of Life and Art.
The authors of the highly recommended Southwestern Pottery:
Anasazi to Zuni (Flagstaff AZ: Northland 1999), have now
produced a history of “Little Chichimeca” (the desert area below
the Mogollón Rim as far south as Mata Ortiz and from the
longitude of El Paso to southern California), beginning with the
Tucson Farmers along the Santa Cruz River, 2000 B.C., to today.
Besides hundreds of color photos and the promise of “a surprise
on every page,” the book includes a significant section on Mata
Ortiz. Ten Speed Press (510-559-1600, 800-841-BOOK), PO Box
7123, Berkeley CA 94707. Contact Al or Carol Hayes
(415-332-3489), 33 Spencer Ave., Sausalito CA 94965.
Johnson, Grace, ed.
From Paquimé to Mata Ortiz: The
Legacy of Ancient Casas Grandes. This San Diego Museum
of Man publication contains several articles from well known
archaeologists that tie the artistry of Paquimé to the pottery
now being produced in Mata Ortiz. The final article
photographically documents Spencer MaCallum’s collection of Juan
Quezada’s early work that was donated to the Museum.
Casas Grandes and the Ceramic Art of the Ancient
This highly recommended book served as the catalog for the
exhibition by the same name at the Art Institute of Chicago
April 22-August 13, 2006.
Hardcover, 208 pages, the book contains more than 140 color illustrations of
90 pieces of prehistoric Casas Grandes pottery and, to give
their prehistoric Pueblo cultural context, 50 pieces
representing other major styles: Mimbres, Four-Mile Polychrome,
Hohokam, Sityatki polychrome from the Hopi Mesas, and some large
Tularosa and Socorro ollas (Anasazi not represented).
Published by Yale University Press in conjunction with the Art
Institute of Chicago. ISBN No. 0300111487. Available for $29.70
Lazcano Schayan, Carlos.
Exploring A Forgotten World: Lost Sites of the Paquime Culture.
Editorial Mexico Desconsido, Mex. DF. Gruppo Cementos de
Lekson, Stephen H.
Lekson, Stephen H.
The Chaco Meridian: Centers of Political Power in
the Ancient Southwest.
Blue Ridge Summit, PA: Altamira Press (Rowman &
littlefield). This engagingly written book is a "must" for
anyone interested in Paquimé and Southwest/Mesoamerican
relationships. 240 pages, illustrations. $23.95 paper or $62
hard cover, plus $4 shipping for the first copy and $1 for each
additional copy, from the publisher (800-462-6420) at 15200 NBN
Way, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214.
"Meridian Addendum." >Unpublished working draft of
a paper available on request from the author (lekson[at]colorado.edu),
who invites comment. Thought provoking, it contains important
new insights on the author's Chaco Meridian hypothesis.
PRO AND CON re: the "Meridian Hypothesis"
Phillips, Jr., David A. (dap[at]unm.edu),
and Elizabeth Arwen Bagwell (bagwell[at]unm.edu),
"How Big was Paquimé?" Poster presentation, 66th Annual Meeting,
Society for American Archaeology, New Orleans, April 19, 2001.
Text of the article is found at
ABSTRACT: Paquimé (or Casas Grandes) may have been the most
important prehistoric center in northwest Mexico. Most
archaeologists accept the published description of Paquimé's
site core as two massive room blocks flanking a plaza. Other
evidence suggests, however, that the site core was a single room
block—and that the site's population was much smaller than the
excavation report indicates. As such, Paquimé would be typical
of the Mimbres-Casas Grandes region, rather than exceptional.
The authors explore these conflicting perspectives by comparing
maps of the site, including overlays.
Phillips, David A., Jr., "The Chaco Meridian: A Skeptical
Analysis." Text of the article is found at
This also contains Lekson's rebuttal.
ABSTRACT: Stephen Lekson's new book
Chaco Meridian, based
in part on an award-winning SAA poster presentation, argues that
a single prehistoric elite consciously placed the centers of
Chaco Canyon, Aztec Ruin, and Paquimé on the same meridian of
longitude. A detailed review of spatial, temporal, and other
data indicate that Lekson's hypothesis is incorrect.
Lister, Robert H.
“Archaeological Excavations in the Northern Sierra Madre
Occidental, Chihuahua & Sonora, Mexico,”
University of Colorado
Studies, Series in Anthropology. No. 7, 1958. University of
Colorado Press, Boulder, Colorado, 121 pp. This report details
the excavation and findings of several caves in the Valley of
the Caves (Olla, Golondrina, Rincon, Zorillo, and others) west
of Mata Ortiz as well as Ventana Cave at Cuarenta Casas to the
south near Madera.
Unknown Mexico: Explorations in the Sierra Madre and Other Regions,
1890-1898. Vol. 1. Charles Scribner’s Son, NY, NY. Classic
work by Norwegian explorer/archaeologist. In 1991/1992 explored
sites in the Casas Grandes/Madera region. Lumholtz’ provides the
first published description and findings in the Valley of the
Caves sites including Cueva de la Olla.
Architecture, Labor, and Sociopolitical Complexity,"
The Artifact 36:1, pp 1-62 (El Paso Archaeological
Society, Inc., Box 4345,El Paso TX 79914-4345). Prepared in
completion of a Masters thesis in anthropology for New Mexico
State University Las Cruces, 1999, under Dr. Rani Alexander.
This careful study concludes that, based on the architecture and
estimated labor alone, Paquimé
was not a complex society.
Available from the publisher for $2.50 plus $10
membership in EPAS.
Maxwell, Timothy D.
Grandes Region: Prehistoric Life in
the Chihuahuan Desert,”
El Palacio 107:3 (August) pp 12-19. Museum of New Mexico
(505-476-5055), PO Box 2087, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
(July/August). Discusses the effect that the drug violence has
had on field work in northern Mexico – Paquimé is mentioned.
Medndiola Galván, Francisco
El Arte Rupestre en Chihuahua.
Minnis, Paul E. & Michael E. Whalen (editors)
Ancient Paquimé and the
Casas Grandes World. University of Arizona Press, Tucson,
AZ, 272 pp. The nine chapters in this work summarizes four
decades of research since the Amerind Foundation published the
results of the excavations at Casas Grandes in 1974. The book is
available from the UofA Press for $60.
Discovering Paquimé (Amerind Foundation) In 2015, Paul E. Minnis and
Michael E. Whalen edited
Ancient Paquimé and the Casas Grandes World (Amerind Studies in
Archaeology), a collection of material discussing new
research conducted since the Amerind excavations four decades
ago (See Anthropology Notes page). This hardbound book was
directed primarily at the researcher. Now, they have assembled
the same material in paperback for general audiences.
Discovering Paquimé will be available on September 13, 2016, for
$12.95 and can be pre-ordered now from Amazon.
Morgan, Amanda A.
visitor’s companion (Deming: Amanda Morgan) by
historian/writer/editor Amanda Morgan is indeed a great
companion for those visiting this World Heritage archaeological
site. This 18-page overview of Paquimé can be downloaded free at
Moulard, Barbara L.
Recreating the word: Painted ceramics of the
prehistoric Southwest. A beautifully crafted art book
illustrating the collection of prehistoric Pueblo pottery of
Santa Fe painter William Schenk, with a thought provoking text
containing original insights into Pueblo prehistory. 240 pages,
0-9719150-0-8. $85 + shipping from Schenck Southwest Publishing
(505-438-8350, Fax 424-8655), 268 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe, NM
Newell, Gillian E. and Emiliano Gallaga, eds.
Surveying the archaeology of northwest Mexico.
Fourteen papers presented at a symposium, "Future Directions:
The Archaeology of Northwest Mexico," April 6, 2000 at the
Society for American Archaeology annual meetings in
Philadelphia. Several of the contributions relate directly to
Paquimé. Cloth cover, $55 plus $5.95 shipping from the
University of Utah Press (800-773-6672), 1795 E. South Campus
Drive, Suite 101, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9402.
Ortega Urquidi, Javier.
CASAS GRANDES Tierra de
siete culturas. Privately Published.
Phillips, David A., Jr.
Archeology of northwest Mexico: A bibliography
Essential reference for anyone interested in the
archaeology of northwest Mexico, especially Chihuahua.
to Ideology in Northwest Mexico: Cerro de Moctezuma in the Casas
Grandes Ritual Landscape. Ph.D. dissertation, University of
Arizona, School of Anthropology. 309 pp. This research discusses
excavations and findings at the only hilltop village (El
Pueblito) and atalaya constructed during the Medio period of the
Casas Grandes culture. The thesis is downloadable at:
Rakita, Gordon F.M.
Ravesloot, John C.
"El Sacrificio en Casas Grandes." Arqueología
“Aztlan: The Prehistoric Southwest as a Mexican
Mesoamerican influence in the Greater
Southwest, AD 1200-1500.
$45 from the publisher (used copies from Amazon.com for less).
University of Utah Press.
“Stephen Lekson Has a Theory...and He’s Sticking with
It.” National Geographic Adventure Magazine (March).
“Tracking a vanished people through the Sierra Madre,”
(November) The article describes Carl Lumholtz’ 1890 journey
into Chihuahua and his “discovery” of Cueva de la Olla.
Roney, J. R., and R. J. Hard
“Early Agriculture in Northwestern Chihuahua,” in
Traditions, Transitions, and Technologies: Themes in
Southwestern Archaeology, edited by S. H. Schlanger.
Boulder: University of Colorado Press.
Sanders, Joe Ben
Three Rivers petroglyph site: Self-guided tour
book—An interpretation of the first thousand feet of glyphs
based on Hopi oral traditions. The author, a
professional archaeologist, identifies the inhabitants of
Paquimé as Hopi and explains the destruction of that city in
terms of Hopi traditions recorded in petroglyph sequences at the
Three Rivers site near Tularosa, New Mexico. $25 from Center of
the Universe Press (575-671-4797), Box 1, Bent, New Mexico
San Diego Museum of Man
From Paquimé to Mata Ortiz: The legacy of ancient
San Diego Museum Papers No.40. Proceedings of the Museum's
biennial Latin American Symposium held in San Diego CA on March
26, 2000. Included here is a chronological series of
black-and-white photos of 135 Juan Quezada pots from the Spencer
H. MacCallum Collection, the majority dating between 1976 and
1979, showing the development of his early painting style. The
volume contains eight papers:
Robert Estes, “From
Agriculture to Art and Industry: The Changing Economy of Mata
Ortiz and Its Material Correlates;”
“Lost Pots and Untold Tales: A Stylistic Recontextualization of
Chihuahuan Polychrome Jars from North American Museum
Hughes, “Crafting and Keeping Tradition: Women in the
Production of Mata Ortiz Pottery;”
“Chaco, Aztec, and Paquimé: Centers of Political Power in the
Spencer MacCallum and Grace Johnson, “The Research Pottery
Collection of Spencer H. MacCallum Illustrating the Development
of Juan Quezada's Art Through a Chronological Series of His
Work;” Arthur MacWilliams,
“Beyond the Reach of Casas Grandes: Archaeology in Central
Chihuahua;” María Sprehn, “Body Art in the Casas Grandes World;” and
Christine Van Pool,
“Birds, Burials, and Beliefs at Paquimé” (containing 17 photos
of Paquimé bird-effigy pots). ISBN 0-937808-77-6. $16.95 plus
$2.50 for shipping first book, 50¢ each additional (California
residents add $1.31 sales tax). Order from the San Diego Museum
of Man (619-239-2001), 1350 El Prado San Diego CA 92101.
Schaafsma, Curtis F. and Carroll L. Riley, eds.
The Casas Grandes World (University of Utah Press). Based on
a 1995 conference, this volume has 18 chapters (with a total of
28 authors) on the influence of Paquimé over a broad geographic
area of the United States and Mexico. ISBN 0-874805-95-3.
Hardcover, 287 pages, $60 from University of Utah Press
(800-773-6672), 1795 E. south Campus Drive, Suite 101, Salt Lake
City, Utah 84112-9402.
Rock Art Sites in
Archaeology Notes 171. Museum of New Mexico, Office of
Archaeological Studies, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
This report details the petroglyphs located at ten sites
in Chihuahua, four in the Casas Grandes region – Arroyo de los
Monos, Anchondo, Arroyo Seco Ranch, and La Cieneguita.
Sharp, Jay W.
Paquimé: The Last Great Center of Puebloan Influence,"
DesertUSA Magazine (May), a monthly internet-based
magazine. This entertainingly written on-line article is one of
the best overviews of the archaeology of Paquimé we’ve seen.
Contact DesertUSA (858-673-6001, Fax 858-673-6007), Digital West
Media Inc., 16855 West Bernardo Dr, Suite 240, San Diego, CA
Skibo, James M., Eugene B. McCluney and William H. Walker
The Joyce Well site: On the frontier of the
Casas Grandes world. Located in the southwest
corner of New Mexico approximately 10.5 km north of the
international line, Joyce Well is a Pueblo ruin of some 200
rooms. One of a number of Animas Phase villages in the boot-heel
area, it lies on the northern periphery of the Casas Grandes
sphere. Eugene McCluney investigated the site in 1963, but his
preliminary report was not published. James Skibo and William
Walker carried out excavations in 1999-2000.
This book contains both McCluney's preliminary report and
the results of the recent studies. Joyce Well possesses many
Casas Grandes characteristics, including shared polychrome style
ceramics, scooped metates, adobe pueblos, T-shaped doors,
platform hearths, and similar rock art. This book furthers
investigation of the Casas Grandes culture at sites removed from
Paquimé, where most previous studies have been concentrated, and
represents a significant addition to the literature. Order for
$35 plus $5.95 shipping from the University of Utah Press
(800-773-6672), 1795 E. South Campus Drive, Suite 101, Salt Lake
City, Utah 84112-9402. (Used copies available from Amazon.com
Sprehn, Maria Stephanie
complexity and the specialist potters of Casas Grandes in
northern Mexico. Doctoral dissertation, University of
New Mexico. Order Dissertation No. 3093066 for $35,
depending on format, from the Bell and Howell Information
& Learning web site,
"The Grand Enigmas of Casas Grandes,"
American Archaeology (Spring), pages 12-18. The assistant
editor of American Archaeology and the Archaeological
Conservancy's Southwest projects coordinator provides a balanced
view of the various viewpoints and differences of opinion
regarding the origin and importance of Paquimé.
Stuhr, Joanne Ed.
serpents and Painted Women: The Ceramics of Casas Grandes.
Tucson Museum of Art.
VanPool, Christine S.
Signs of the Casas
The definitive study of the iconography and cosmology of Paquimé,
this book opens with the best
summary we have seen of what is known of the archaeology of
Cloth, 6 x 9, some color plates. ISBN 10: 0-87480-874-X
The University of Utah Press (801-581)-6771), 1793 E.
South Campus Drive, #101, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112-9402
Van Pool, Christine S.
"The Shaman-Priests of the Casas Grandes Region,
Chihuahua, Mexico," American Antiquity 68(4), pp
"Flight of the Shaman," Archaeology
Jan/Feb, pp. 40-43. This (abridged) paper on Casas Grandes
iconography analyzes Casas Grandes male effigies that are
smoking and relates the smokers to human and human/bird images
painted on Casas Grandes pottery. Layout and illustrations are
excellent and include some fine photos of effigies smoking
tobacco. The cover picture of the magazine is taken from the
S., Todd L. Van Pool, and David A. Phillips, eds.
Religion of the Prehispanic Southwest.
Archaeology of Religion Series, edited by David S.
Whitley. Fourteen papers are presented on prehispanic religion,
many dealing with the Casas Grandes region. Scheduled for
release March, 2006 by Altamira Press (925-938-7243), 1840 San
Miguel Drive, Suite 207, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.
Whalen, Michael E. and Paul E. Minnis
Casas Grandes and its hinterlands: Prehistoric
organization in northwest Mexico
(Tucson: University of Arizona Press). Described as the first
major alternative to Charles DiPeso's hypothesis, this book
offers a new model for the rise and fall of Casas Grandes, now
recognized to have been the largest and most complex community
in the Puebloan world. ISBN 0-8165-2097-6. Hard cover, 300
pages, 9 halftones and 52 line illustrations. $45 plus shipping
from the University of Arizona Press (520-621-2211).