"An Introduction to the Study of Southwestern Archaeology" by Alfred Vincent         Kidder

An Introduction to the Study of Southwestern Archaeology Alfred Vincent Kidder, Douglas W. Schwartz

The Lamar Series in Western History
Publication date:
11 Jul 2000
Yale University Press
400 pages: 210 x 140mm


Alfred Vincent Kidder’s Introduction to the Study of Southwestern Archaeology, a classic of New World archaeology, was the first regional synthesis and remains unsurpassed as a summary of Pueblo archaeology. It provides an excellent guide to historic and prehistoric sites of the Southwest, as they were known at the time, as well as a preliminary account of Kidder’s exemplary excavation at Pecos. Kidder was one of the pioneers of the technique of stratigraphy; he also broke new ground in approaches to the study of pottery and in the application of ethnological data to the interpretation of archaeological remains.

In a new introduction to the book, Douglas W. Schwartz discusses the history of Pecos Pueblo, the development of southwestern archaeology, and the enduring significance of Kidder’s work.

"Kidder?s great ability to carry out an extended program of excavation and to foster an extensive agenda of publication was aided by his skill as a synthesizer, most elegantly displayed in his masterful Introduction to Southwestern Archaeology."?Douglas W. Schwartz