• Great Kiva with Walls of West Ruin

    Aztec Ruins

    National Monument New Mexico

Bookstore

photo of the bookstore at Aztec Ruins National Monument

WNPA bookstore at Aztec Ruins NM

Western National Parks Association maintains a bookstore at Aztec Ruins National Monument. The bookstore is located within the Visitor Center at the Monument. One may purchase a wide range of books, including local and regional research, guide books for natural & cultural resources, Southwestern cookbooks, archeological-based novels, American Indian literature, and multi-language children's books. Also available are DVDs, music, T-shirts, posters, postcards & note cards, and coffee mugs. Special items available, found only at this location, are miniature replicas of pottery found at the site. WNPA returns a portion of the profits to support interpretive and resource management programs. These and more items may be ordered by contacting the store manager at (505) 334-6174 ext. 229 or azru@wnpa.org.

 
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Aztec Ruins: Footprints of the Past DVD

Aztec Ruins: Footprints of the Past DVD by the National Park Service.

The complex story of the people of Aztec Ruins National Monument is brought to life in the stunning cinematography of this beautiful and informative film. Shown regularly in the park visitor center, this DVD is the perfect way to share Aztec Ruins with family and friends.

 
Photo of the cover of "A History of the Ancient Southwest."

A History of the Ancient Southwest

A History of the Ancient Southwest by Stephen H. Lekson.

According to archaeologist Stephen H. Lekson, much of what we think we know about the Southwest has been compressed into conventions and classifications and orthodoxies. This book challenges and reconfigures these accepted notions by telling two parallel stories, one about the development, personalities, and institutions of Southwestern archaeology and the other about interpretations of what actually happened in the ancient past.

 
Photo of the cover of "Chaco's Northern Prodigies"

Chaco's Northern Prodigies

Chaco's Northern Prodigies edited by Paul Reed

In the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries, the ancient pueblo sites of Aztec and Salmon in the Middle San Juan region rapidly emerged as population and political centers during the closing stages of Chaco's ascendancy. Some archaeologists have attributed the development of these centers to migration and colonization by people from Chaco Canyon. Others have suggested that the so-called Chacoan 'system' was largely the result of emulation of Chacoan characteristics by local groups in outlying areas. Research over the last five years in the Middle San Juan suggests that both of these processes were operating.

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