FRED BLACKBURN BOOKSFred Blackburn continues to research and write about historical and archaeological expeditions in the Four Corners. He co-authored with Dr. Ray Williamson “Cowboys and Cave Dwellers” reviewing early archaeological explorations in the Grand Gulch and Mesa Verde region. His contribution to other texts include “Handwriting on the Wall” in “Anasazi Basketmaker” – a synopsis of journal and reverse archaeology in Utah’s Grand Gulch and historic inscriptions and the first recorded visits to balcony house in “A History of a Cliff Dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado”, by Kathleen Fiero.

Fred helped design and complete the text for “Sacred Places of the Southwest” by Claus Mroczynski and a preliminary report for Navajo National Monument on Richard Wetherill and the discovery of Keet Seel.

He also completed a major research manuscript for Mesa Verde National Park titled “Historical Inscriptions and the Expeditionary History of Balcony House, Cliff Palace, Hemenway House, Little Hemenway House, Honeymoon House and Spruce Tree House: A history of Discovery, Exploration, Photography, and Documentation”. He uses historical or ancestral inscriptions as a primary research reference. His collaboration with Wetherill Family members, and his extensive knowledge of the terrain and archaeology of the Four Corners serves him well in the organization of special field programs designed by request. Fred holds a biological science degree and secondary science education certificate from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He lives in Cortez, Colorado, with his wife Victoria and their children Julianna and Lucas.


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FRED BLACKBURN BOOKSThe Wetherills, Friends of Mesa Verde

“The name Wetherill is closely tied to the early days of what became Mesa Verde National Park. For 20 years, the family of B.K. Wetherill explored the cliff dwellings and surface ruins along the canyons of the Mancos River drainage, guiding scientists and curiosity seekers alike. In the century since their Alamo Ranch was the center of Mesa Verde explorations, their activities among the ruins have been misunderstood, misrepresented, and harshly criticized. It is time to set the record straight.”

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COWBOYS AND CAVE DWELLERS

COWBOYS AND CAVE DWELLERS

“The Wetherill Grand Gulch Project was born in 1986, inspired by questions growing from my early wanderings as a ranger. [This] resulted in a four-year project by a team of unpaid volunteers. We quickly realized that graffiti left by 19th century explorers could provide connections and documentation of their activities. Our team reconnected artifacts found in museums to caves in southeastern Utah in a process I deemed ‘reverse archaeology’. Two publications grew out of that work: Anasazi Basketmaker, Papers from the 1990 Wetherill-Grand Gulch Symposium, edited by Victoria Atkins, and Cowboys and Cave Dwellers, which I co-wrote with Ray Williamson.”

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ANASAZI BASKETMAKER

“The Wetherill Grand Gulch Project was born in 1986, inspired by questions growing from my early wanderings as a ranger. [This] resulted in a four-year project by a team of unpaid volunteers. We quickly realized that graffiti left by 19th century explorers could provide connections and documentation of their activities. Our team reconnected artifacts found in museums to caves in southeastern Utah in a process I deemed ‘reverse archaeology’. Two publications grew out of that work: Anasazi Basketmaker, Papers from the 1990 Wetherill-Grand Gulch Symposium, edited by Victoria Atkins, and Cowboys and Cave Dwellers, which I co-wrote with Ray Williamson. A text of complete research for the project presented as part of the Anasazi Basketmaker Symposium in 1990. Limited copies available.

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RARE AND SPECIAL BOOKS
Some of the books in this column are now out of print; this is an opportunity to obtain remaining copies that have become rare and very special.


SACRED PLACES OF THE SOUTHWEST

Hardback, very attractive coffee table first edition. Dimension 12″ x 12″.

In these images of the architectural remnants of the ancient inhabitants of the American Southwest, German-born photographer Claus Mroczynski asks us not just to look but to feel.

Claus enrolled at Dortmund’s prestigious Fachhochschule for Design. Some of the top students at Dortmund were offered a fifth year of study after a one-year sabbatical, and Claus seized the free time to come to the U.S. to attend a Yosemite photography workshop with Ansel Adams and other noted photographers.

By the mid-1980’s, Claus’s work on the Sacred Places project had begun. One of the toughest hurdles to overcome has been access to the sites: some are kept secret by Native Americans fearful of vandalism and theft of relics, while others have very restricted access.

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