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The Hohokam Dig   By: (1901-1969)

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The Hohokam Dig by Theodore Pratt invites readers on an engaging archaeological journey through the stunning landscapes of the American Southwest. Blending history, mystery, and the vibrant culture of the Hohokam people, Pratt skillfully crafts a story that keeps readers captivated from beginning to end.

The novel follows protagonist Dr. Mark Linthicum, a renowned archaeologist and expert on ancient civilizations. Linthicum is invited to participate in an excavation project in Arizona's Sonoran Desert, where an impressive Hohokam settlement lies buried beneath the surface. As the dig progresses, the team unearths artifacts that shed light on the lives and customs of these ancient Native American inhabitants.

Pratt's meticulous attention to detail in describing the archaeological process, both the physical labor and the intellectual challenges, adds an enriching layer to the narrative. Whether intricately detailing the excavation methods or exploring the scholarly debates surrounding the Hohokam civilization, the author's extensive research is evident and adds credibility to the story.

However, The Hohokam Dig is not solely focused on the archaeology itself. Pratt weaves a web of intrigue and suspense that slowly unfolds as the dig progresses. Mysterious occurrences, unexpected discoveries, and even a suspicious death create an atmosphere of uncertainty, adding an exciting element to the narrative. The author skillfully keeps readers on their toes, eagerly turning each page to uncover the truth behind these enigmatic events.

Furthermore, Pratt beautifully incorporates the culture and traditions of the Hohokam people throughout the novel. Through vivid descriptions, the reader gains an appreciation for their deep connection to the land, their advanced irrigation systems, and the intricate pottery they crafted. The author's respectful approach ensures that the Hohokam people are not merely background characters, but rather vibrant protagonists whose legacy is honored.

One area in which the novel could have been improved is in the development of some of the secondary characters. While Dr. Linthicum is well-rounded and engaging, a few of the supporting cast members feel somewhat underdeveloped. Further exploration of their backgrounds and motivations would have added depth to the story and strengthened the overall impact.

Nevertheless, The Hohokam Dig by Theodore Pratt is an enthralling read that seamlessly combines archaeology, mystery, and cultural appreciation. Pratt's expertise in the subject matter is evident, and his ability to create an engaging narrative invites readers to understand and appreciate the ancient Hohokam civilization. This book is sure to captivate both history enthusiasts and fans of archaeological thrillers alike.

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From where had these attacking Indians come? Out of a long forgotten and dim past? Had their medicine man seen the one supreme vision?

the hohokam dig

by ... Theodore Pratt

At first they thought the attack was a joke. And then they realized the truth!

At first the two scientists thought the Indian attack on them was a joke perpetrated by some of their friends. After all, modern Indians did not attack white men any more.

Except that these did.

George Arthbut and Sidney Hunt were both out of New York, on the staff of the Natural History Museum. George was an ethnologist who specialized in what could be reconstructed about the prehistoric Indians of North America, with emphasis on those of the Southwest. He was a tall, lean, gracious bald man in his early sixties.

Sidney was an archeologist who was fascinated by the ruins of the same kind of ancient Indians. Medium sized, with black hair that belied his sixty five years, he and George made an excellent team, being the leaders in their field.

They had come west on a particular bit of business this spring, trying to solve the largest question that remained about the old cliff dwellers and the prehistoric desert Indians, both of whom had deserted their villages and gone elsewhere for reasons that remained a mystery... Continue reading book >>

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