This week the first review of The Ancient Southwest: A Guide to Archaeological Sites appeared on the web. Below is an abbreviated version of the review in which author Jim Burnett calls the book “a highly-recommended addition to the personal library of anyone with even a modest interest in either archaeology or the landscapes of the Southwest.”
National Parks Traveler web site:
“It’s a given that archaeological sites hold plenty of potential for visitors interested in history and science, but in many cases there’s a bonus: the physical settings, structures and even the artifacts themselves can make great subjects for some truly beautiful photographs.
Photography throughout the book is outstanding. The images are all in color, many cover a full page, and the subjects range from dramatic sunset vistas to macros of individual objects. Details of petroglyphs are clearly visible in several photos that provide a close-up view you’ll never experience on site with the unaided human eye.
The format ( 9″ x 12” ) and attractive front cover qualify this as a “coffee table book,” but at only 96 pages the length of the material won’t discourage a casual reader from picking it up. The project is printed on glossy paper with a nice look and feel, but the flexible cover allows the price to be very affordable, especially for a book with this many high-quality color photos.
All in all, this is a great value, and a highly-recommended addition to the personal library of anyone with even a modest interest in either archaeology or the landscapes of the Southwest.”
Posted March 12th, 2015