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The Crimson Cowboys By Jerry D. Spangler

The Crimson Cowboys by Jerry D. Spangler

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The first full account of the journey and discoveries of an archaeological expedition into the American Southwest. In 1931 a group from Harvard University's Peabody Museum accomplished something that had not previously been attempted - a four-hundred-mile horseback survey of prehistoric sites through some of the West's most rugged terrain.

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The Crimson Cowboys: The Remarkable Odyssey of the 1931 Claflin-Emerson Expedition by Jerry D. Spangler

The first full account of the journey and discoveries of an archaeological expedition into the rugged American Southwest.

In 1931 a group from Harvard University's Peabody Museum accomplished something that had never been attempted in the history of American archaeology-a six-week, four-hundred-mile horseback survey of prehistoric sites through some of the West's most rugged terrain. The expedition was successful, but a report on the findings was never completed. What should have been one of the great archaeological stories in American history was relegated to boxes and files in the basement of the Peabody Museum at Harvard. Now, based on over a thousand pages of documents and over four hundred photographs, this book recounts the remarkable day-to-day adventures of this crew of one professor, five students, and three Utah guides who braved heat, fatigue, and the dangerous canyon wilderness to reveal vestiges of the Fremont culture in the Tavaputs Plateau and Uinta Basin areas. To better tell this story, authors Spangler and Aton undertook extensive fieldwork to confirm the sites; their recent photographs and those of the original expedition are shared on these pages.

The Crimson Cowboys Reviews

An excellent and informative chronicle of the expedition, based on the journals, photographs, and related documentation, couched in the social history of the region and results of later archaeological work. The writing style is informal, conversational, and works beautifully.' -Don D. Fowler, author of The Glen Canyon Country: A Personal Memoir.

'One of the finest books ever written on the history of southwestern archaeology. Their archival research is exhaustive, their text is eloquent with an occasional splash of humor, and their extensive field work opens for readers a geographical region very poorly known and provides new insights into the Fremont Complex.' -Gary Topping, professor of history, Salt Lake Community College.

About Jerry D. Spangler

Jerry D. Spangler is a professional archaeologist and executive director of the Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to protecting cultural sites on public lands.

James M. Aton is professor of English at Southern Utah University and serves as board president of the Colorado Plateau Archaeological Alliance.

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NGR9781607816492
9781607816492
1607816490
The Crimson Cowboys: The Remarkable Odyssey of the 1931 Claflin-Emerson Expedition by Jerry D. Spangler
New
Paperback
University of Utah Press,U.S.
2019-01-30
384
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