For twelve years, Earthwatch team members helped Dr. Charles Adams (Arizona State Museum) excavate at Homol'ovi, a cluster of seven prehistoric Hopi settlements near modern Winslow, Arizona. Now Adams has come out with the definitive history of these villages, occupied variously from about a.d. 1260 to 1400, that broadens our understanding of the relationship of Homol'ovi to ancient and modern Hopi people. Homol'ovi: An Ancient Hopi Settlement Cluster summarizes nearly two decades of research at this site on the Little Colorado River and places it among the most significant sites in the prehistory of the southwestern U.S.
A driving force in Adams' research is the consideration of why Pueblo settlements suddenly became so large, growing from a small cluster of dwellings to villages containing more than 1,000 rooms. In his new book, Adams carefully presents the unique history of establishment, growth, and organization that characterized each village in Homol'ovi. He reconstructs a provocative history of the settlement cluster that includes relationships among the individual villages and their relationships to nearby settlements. Homol'ovi is a rich synthesis of research and interpretation that will interest anyone drawn to the archaeology of southwestern U.S., Arizona history, or Hopi culture.
Homol'ovi: An Ancient Hopi Settlement Cluster. E. Charles Adams. The University of Arizona Press, 2002.