New Mexico Bibliography


Pueblo Peoples on the Pajarito Plateau: Archaeology and Efficiency – David E. Stuart

This was a great text for laying out the general trends of the archeological record in one location. It’s good if you’re looking for more information on areas on the Pajarito Plateau like Bandelier National Monument.

Anasazi America: Seventeen Centuries on the Road from Center Place – David E. Stuart

This was a more accessible general archeological history. It’s a little dated, obviously with the title of Anasazi. But it was a good overview of the Puebloans up to around 1500CE.

Prehistory of the Southwest- Linda S. Cordell

If you have a deep interest in the archeological prehistory of the Southwest this was a fantastic text. While a bit dated by now, it had extensive information on demographics, archeological records, and a deep dive into many of the subgroupings that I passed over in the course of writing the show. This one was somewhat technical and definitely more involved than some of the other texts I used to write the prehistory episodes. This text was still being suggested in some of the books I read that were published as recently as 2013.

The Puebloan Society of Chaco Canyon – Paul F. Reed

This book did a decent job looking at just Chaco Canyon. However other books that were more general in their exploration of the pueblos did an equal or better job exploring Chaco Canyon. This book did have a great timeline on the different major early archeological contributions to Chaco Canyon however.

The Mimbres People: Ancient Pueblo Painters of the American Southwest – Steven A. LeBlanc

This was the only good text I could get my hands on for the Mimbres or greater Mogollon as a whole. I liked this one a lot, while mostly focused on archeological preservation and pictures it was a fantastic book.

In Search of the Old Ones: Exploring the Anasazi World of the Southwest – David Roberts

This book was alright. Of the prehistory books I read though, this had the least useful information. This was mostly for a popular audience.

Early Explorers

Adventures in the Unknown Interior of America – Alvar Nunez Cabeza De Vaca edited by Cyclone Covey

No one does a better job of telling the story of Álvar Núñez Cabeza De Vaca than the man himself. This was a fantastic translation that outlines some of the differences between Cabeza De Vaca’s La Relacion and the Joint Report without pulling too far away from the story that was written and reported by this entriped explorer.

Coronado Knight or Pueblos and Plains – Herbert E. Bolton

While the style and language is dated from what I could find there is currently no other book that I could find that so comprehensively covers the events of the Coronado Expedition in greater detail.

General Histories

New Mexico: Past and Future – Thomas E. Chávez

This was a good general history of New Mexico. It’s rather short so it lacks a lot of the details that other general histories have. This book was more focused to a popular audience.

New Mexico: A History – Joseph P. Sanchez, Robert L. Spude, Author R. Gomez

This book formed the backbone of the timeline that I used when writing and choosing individual topics to talk about for the show. If you’re looking for a general history book on New Mexico, I think this would be a fantastic choice. This is focused towards a more history interested general audience.


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Pueblo Gods and Myths – Hamilton A. Tyler

Very little from this book made it into the podcast as of this initial writing. It was a focus on the evolution of several different puebloan gods and myths across mostly the Hopi, Zuni, and Keres pueblos. It does a good job of the puebloan groups that it covers.

Historical Atlas of New Mexico – Warren A. Beck, Ynez D. Haase

The biggest benefit I found in this book was the abundance of different maps that were available to reference when needed. Very little from this book made it into the final show.

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Clovis and Folsom Points: Clovis and Folsom Cultures.

Atlatl: Sarther, Kate. “What’S the Point? Atlatl Loops, the Rarest of the Rare.” Archaeology Southwest, 31 Mar. 2023,