The Lost World of the Old Ones: Discoveries in the Ancient Southwest

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.95 X 9.35 X 1.13 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author

David Roberts (1943-2021) is the author of thirty books on mountaineering, exploration, and anthropology. His books have won the Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature and the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Book Competition.


With the verve of his great mountaineering books, David Roberts takes us inside a lost ''genius climber'' civilization and its mysteries, introducing the looters, ruin baggers, warring academics, and wary tribal descendants who frame the ethical conflicts of modern archaeology--while never losing his own explorer's energy and thirst for the thrill of wilderness discovery. These tales should be told around a campfire.--Tom Kizzia, author of Pilgrim's Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier
Stimulating, provoking, mournful.... [Roberts] has a deep and infectious passion for the landscapes, history and people of the Southwest.--Gerard Helferich "Wall Street Journal"
[H]as the pull and excitement of a suspense novel and appeals to a wide range of readers interested in this region's deep past and great beauty.-- "Booklist, Starred review"
David Roberts is not only an elegant writer and an intrepid explorer, he's an ideal guide to the mysteries and wonders of the ancient Southwest. The Lost World of the Old Ones is the rare sequel that stands alone yet also takes its rightful place as a classic alongside its predecessor volume.--Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Lost in Shangri-La
David Roberts brings an unusual panoply of talents to The Lost World of the Old Ones. Part ethnographer, part archaeologist--with healthy doses of skeptical enquirer, curiosity seeker, and professional mountain climber mixed in--this talented writer navigates the secret canyons and hidden watercourses of the American Southwest in search of a lost civilization.--Alex Beam, author of American Crucifixion: The Murder of Joseph Smith and the Fate of the Mormon Church