San Juan Basin
Archaeological Society

a Colorado Nonprofit Corporation
Lewis Mill

The San Juan Basin Archaeological Society... exploring, learning about, and preserving
archaeological, cultural, and historical resources in the Four Corners region since 1979.


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SJBAS Recommended Reading List

SJBAS members have compiled this list. If you notice any errors or have additional recommendations, please email the Webmaster.

Southwest Archaeology

Rock Art: A Vision of a Vanishing Cultural Landscape, Jonathan Bailey - 2015

The Disappearances: A Story of Exploration, Murder, and Mystery in the American West, Scott Thybony - 2015

Ute Mountain Tribal Park – The Other Mesa Verde, Jean Akens

Cowboys & Cave Dwellers: Basketmaker Archaeology in Utah’s Grand Gulch, Fred Blackburn & Ray Williamson

Basketmaker III Sites Near Durango, Roy Carlson

The Archaeology of Colorado, Steve Cassells

House of Rain, Craig Childs

Legacy on Stone: Rock Art of the Colorado Plateau and Four Corners Region, Sally Cole

Prehistory of the Southwest, Linda Cordell

Adventures with the Anasazi of Falls Creek, Helen Sloan Daniels

The Anasazi of Mesa Verde and the Four Corners, William Ferguson

The Wetherills of Mesa Verde: Autobiography of Benjamin Alfred (Al) Wetherill, ed. Maurine S. Fletcher

People of Chaco, Kendrick Frazier

Roads to Center Place, A Cultural Atlas of Chaco Canyon and the Anasazi, Kathryn Gabriel

Spirit Windows – Native American Rock Art of SE Utah, Winston B. Hurst & Joe Patchak

Great House Communities Across the Chacoan Landscape, John Kantner and Nancy M. Mahoney

Prehistoric Warfare in the American Southwest, Steven A. LeBlanc

In the Shadow of the Rocks: Archaeology of the Chimney Rock District, Florence Lister

Prehistory in Peril: The Worst and Best of Durango Archaeology, Florence Lister

Troweling Through Time: The First Century of Mesa Verdean Archaeology, Florence Lister

Aztec Ruins on the Animas: Excavated, Preserved and Interpreted, Florence Lister

Pot Luck: Adventures in Archaeology, Florence Lister

Behind Painted Walls: Incidents in Southwestern Archaeology, Florence Lister

Earl Morris & Southwestern Archaeology, Florence and Robert Lister

Enemy Ancestors, Gary Matlock, retired San Juan National Forest archaeologist

Richard Wetherill: Anasazi, Frank McNitt

Basketmaker II Sites Near Durango, Earl Morris and Robert Burgh

Anasazi: Ancient People of the Rock, David Muench and Donald Pike

Cliff Dwellers of the Mesa Verde, Gustav Nordenskiold, pioneer archaeologist

Ancient Peoples of the American Southwest, Stephen Plog

Nordenskiold of Mesa Verde, Judith Reynolds & David Reynolds

Deadly Landscapes: Case Studies in Prehistoric Southwestern Warfare, ed. Glen Rice & Steven LeBlanc

Rio del Norte: People of the Upper Rio Grande From Earliest Times to the Pueblo Revolt, Carroll L. Riley

In Search of the Old Ones, David Roberts

Puebloan Ruins of the Southwest, Arthur Rohn and William Ferguson

Warrior, Shield, and Star: Imagery and Ideology of Pueblo Warfare, Polly Schaafsma

Ruins and Rivals: The Making of Southwest Archaeology, James E. Snead

Messages on Stone, William Stokes

Anasazi America, David E. Stuart

Moon Tracks, Lunar Horizon Patterns, Ron Sutcliffe

Rock Art of the American Southwest, Scott Thybony

The People, Stephen Trimble

Images on Stone, Donald E. Weaver

The Chaco Experience, Ruth Van Dyke

Kokopelli – Casanova of the Cliff Dwellers, John V. Young

Southwest History

Hole-in-the-Rock Trail, Stewart Atchison

The Four Corners, Kenneth Brown

The Far Southwest 1846-1912, Howard R. Lamar

The Mining Camps Speak, Beth & Bill Sagstetter

Mining the Hard Rock, John Marshall with Zeke Zanoni

Trading Posts

Old Trading Posts of the Four Corners, Richard C. Berkholz

Marietta Wetherill – Life with the Navajos in Chaco Canyon, Kathryn Gabriel

Traders to the Navajos – The Story of the Wetherills of Kayenta, Frances Gillmor and Louisa Wade Wetherill

Navajo Trading Days, Elizabeth Hegemann

Bent’s Fort, David Lavender

The Indian Traders, Frank McNitt (an encyclopedia of trading posts)

Navajo Trader, Gladwell Richardson

Native American Culture

Grave Injustice: The Native American Repatriation Movement and NAGPRA. Kathleen S. Fine-Dare (2002).,673486.aspx

Genuine Navajo Rug… How To Tell, Noel Bennett

Sacred Objects and Sacred Places: Preserving Tribal Traditions, Andrew Gulliford

Posts and Rugs – The Story of Navajo Rugs and their Homes, H.L. James

The Southwest, David Lavender

The Northern Navajo Frontier, 1860-1900, David Lavender

Sacred Land, Sacred View, Robert McPherson


Pictorial History of the Navajo from 1860 to 1910, Robert Roessel, Jr.

Ouray, Chief of the Utes, David P. Smith

 Southwest Literature

 The Monkeywrench Gang, Edward Abbey

Writing the Southwest, David Dunaway, ed.

Stories and Stone: Writing the Anasazi Homeland—An Anthology, Reuben Ellis, ed.

A Thief of Time, Tony Hillerman

Laughing Boy, Oliver La Farge 

Runner in the Sun, D’Arcy McNickle

House Made of Dawn, Scott N. Momaday

The Death of Bernadette Lefthand, Ron Querry

Southwest Memoirs - Travel Narratives - Nature Writing

 Desert Solitare: A Season in the Wilderness, Edward Abbey

The Owl in Monument Canyon and Other Stories from Indian Country, Jackson H. Clark

Desert Wife, Hilda Faunce (Wetherill)

Raven’s Exile, Ellen Meloy

The Anthropology of Turquoise, Ellen Meloy

Eating Stone, Ellen Meloy

Talking to the Ground, Douglas Preston

Redrock Chronicles, T. H. Watkins

Red: Passion and Persistence in the Desert, Terry Tempest Williams
An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field, Terry Tempest Williams

Wind in the Rock, Anne Zwinger

Recent Southwest History - Current Events

 Boomtown Blues, Colorado Oil Shale, Andrew Gulliford

Cadillac Desert, Marc Reisner

Uranium Frenzy, Saga of the Nuclear West, Roy Ringholz

Southwest Guidebooks

 A Hiking Guide to Cedar Mesa, Peter Francis Tassoni


We recommend the Fort Lewis College Research Library at the Center of Southwest Studies for people needing specific reading materials for this area. Materials may not be removed from the library.