Why did they all leave? Why did their system crash? Where did they go? Such questions about ancient farming peoples of the American Southwest have long directed the research and affected the thinking of many archaeologists while concomitantly feeding public interest in the 'romance' or archaeology. In this fine book, Margaret Nelson . . . questions those questions and, by implication, shows how they can misdirect and distort our view of the past and skew conclusions drawn about it.
Journal of Anthropological Research
Nelson's work has clearly demonstrated that we need to rethink our assumptions about regional abandonment.
A fresh perspective, grounded in an exhaustive cross-cultural review . . . richly grounded in architectural, settlement pattern, and subsistence data.
New Mexico Historical Review
For anyone who has stood beside the dusty ruins of the first people's villages, wondering where they went, and why, Mimbres during the Twelfth Century
is an intriguing read.
Southern New Mexico Historical Review