By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer
PULLMAN, Wash. – The heavily studied yet largely unexplained disappearance of ancestral Pueblo people from southwest Colorado is “the most vexing and persistent question in Southwestern archaeology,” according to the New York Times.
But it’s not all that unique, say Washington State University scientists.
PULLMAN — Washington State University Press recently released “Tracking Ancient Footsteps: William D. Lipe’s Contributions to Public and Southwest Archaeology”. Archaeologists, including William D. Lipe, have spent decades unraveling the mystery of why tens of thousands of ancestral Pueblo Indians abandoned their communities around 1300 A.D. to move to areas far to the south and southeast. Colleagues who worked and interacted with him share their experiences in the book and chronicle a life devoted to understanding the human past. In the book, contributors recall how, as a graduate student in the late 1950’s, Lipe headed an archaeological team at Glen Canyon in southeastern Utah, just … » More …