Engaging and easy to read . . . While this is a 'must read' book for anyone studying the Hohokam, its contributions reach beyond southern Arizona. Anyone interested in the topics of irrigation theory, community organization, or applications of ceramic analysis should read this book.
—Journal of Field Archaeology
Abbott delivers on his claims. His book is a model of explicit clarity, both in terms of the presentation of his methods, data analyses, and interpretative findings and also in terms of the application of his data to the earlier work of Hohokam scholars and to current general models of irrigation community social organization. The value of this book goes far beyond the small community of Hohokam archaeologists itself.
—Journal of Anthropological Research