The Physiography of the Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico, in Relation to Pueblo Culture

The Physiography of the Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico, in Relation to Pueblo Culture

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The Physiography of the Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico, in Relation to Pueblo Culture

The Physiography of the Rio Grande Valley, New Mexico, in Relation to Pueblo Culture

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The important bearing of climate on the culture of any region is evident. In the course of the investigation which has led to this paper there has been discovered no adequate, connected discussion of the subject, accompanied by an attempt to correlate the various lines of evidence of climatic changes for the region under consideration to ascertain whether they point in the same direction. It is found also that, though there is some direct and more inferential evidence of recent change of climate, it is meager, and there seem great possibilities of important discoveries by systematic investigation along several lines that have been pursued to only a slight extent. Therefore this discussion has been made more extensive than the subject at first might seem to warrant, in order to bring together the evidence, arguments, and literature, so far as they have come to the writers' attention, which may suggest lines of future work and aid field parties in the search for facts tending toward the solution of the problem. One of the greatest questions that has impressed those who have engaged in archeologic work in the Southwest is that of climate and climatic changes in relation to theit influence on the cultures and population of the region. This problem is of a nature which does not permit of adequate discussion or investigation with reference to a small area, but involves the whole Southwest, and, in a sense, is world-wide. In the brief time at the disposal of the writers it is not hoped that the present treatment is final or exhaustive, or even that all the most important literature on the subject has been found.

It is not the purpose of this paper to attempt to prove that a progressive climatic change has occurred during the last several thousand years. The idea is rather to set forth and discuss fairly and frankly the evidence found which may bear on the question and to suggest lines of research that may throw further light thereon

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