From 1959 to 1963, the National Park Service, with generous support from the National Geographic Society, made a comprehensive study of the archeology and ecology of Wetherill Mesa, in Mesa Verde National Park. Wetherill Mesa is being developed so that increasing numbers of visitors will he able to observe the evolution of a prehistoric Indian culture over some 700 years, both here and in the nearby and more familiar section of the park known as Chapin Mesa.
This is the third monograph of the Wetherill Mesa Project. Big Juniper House, a small mesa-top ruin, is of interest chiefly as a manifestation of culture-in-transition during the 11th and 12th centuries. Additional reports in the series will deal with other Wetherill Mesa sites, as well as various aspects of the ecology and archeology of the area.
GEORGE B. HARTZOG, JR.
Last Updated: 16-Jan-2007