The Southwest in the World is the working title of a book I’m writing. I’ve decided to put parts of each chapter on the web, more or less as they are being written. Actually, I am posting a short summary essay linked to a PDF of a “chapter fragment” — the in-process draft. If you want the whole thing, read the PDF; but be aware that it’s a rough draft, lacking illustrations, incomplete references, etc. The PDF chapter fragments will disappear after about a month; summary essays will remain posted.
The Southwest in the World is the second in a series of three books. In 2009, I published the first, a book looking at the region historically: A History of the Ancient Southwest (SAR Press). The current (second) book, The Southwest in the World, uses that history to do science. It’s a science book. A third book (if I live that long) will look at Southwestern archaeology through arts and literature; its working title is History & Heritage in Southwestern Archaeology.
A History of the Ancient Southwest was a narrative (two parallel narratives, actually: history of archaeology and ancient history). It was a sustained argument: you have to read the whole book. The chapters in Southwest in the World are thematic and more-or-less stand alone. The working Table of Contents is available, if you’re really interested — it’s cryptic, because several chapters are still taking shape.
I’m blogging bits of this book (1) to get ideas out in a timely fashion, and (2) to get comments and criticisms. So: fire away! Straighten out my misinterpretations. Tell me about reports & articles I should read. Argue, if you want to. All advice appreciated!
I am a Southwestern archaeologist, Curator of Archaeology at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. Steve Lekson CV