Black Sand: Prehistory in Northern Arizona


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Author: Colton, Harold S. (1881-1970)

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

Pub Date: 1960

Binding: Hardcover

Condition: 2 copies.  Copy 1 (EKS): Book: Good.  Binding tight.  Previous owner’s bookplate inside front end paper.  Map endpapers.  Some edge and corner wear.  Dust Jacket: Fair to Good.  Some edge and corner wear, specially at head and foot of spine.  Now in mylar.   Copy 2 (BRU): Fair to Good.  Binding tight.  No tears, bends or folds.  Previous owner’s name stamped on ffep.  Without dust jacket.  One small dark spot in gutter at lower front spine edge.

Notes: The title refers to a layer of black volcanic ash, thrown from the Sunset Crater eruption in A.D. 1070, that covers an area of approximately 800 square miles in northeastern Arizona.  Colton describes his book The Sinagua (see )as a work of analysis of the Sinagau and their commerce, arts, crafts, dwellings, kivas,  agricultural practices, and their way of life, and this accompanying volume as a synthesis, “…forming a picture of the prehistory of northern Arizona from the remotest records of early man until modern Hopi and Navajo culture.” (from the dust jacket)


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