Ancient Landscapes

Ancient Landscapes"A thousand years ago, an advanced civilization flourished in the Four Corners region of what is now the United States - where Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico meet. The Anasazi - the name, given to them by their successors, means "enemy ancestors" - built impressive stone cities in canyon cliff alcoves, including multi-story buildings and underground kivas - ceremonial rooms - carved from the rock. They had astronomical observatories such as the "Sun Dagger" at Fajada Butte, which indicated solstices and equinoxes as accurately as Stonehenge. By the fourteenth century, the Anasazi had vanished - we are not entirely certain why. Climate change, including decades of drought, may have contributed to their disappearance. And perhaps city life simply became too much..."

ANCIENT LANDSCAPES was created as a promotional 11 x 17 wall calendar for 1996, and it was launched at the same time as At Home in Bell Buckle - November 1995.

The poster consists of a montage of photos of ancient sites in the American South-West, taken by Richard Elen in May 1995. It was printed by the Omni Art Supply Co. in Nashville on their Agfa print-on-demand system in a limited edition of 500 copies.

"Ancient Landscapes" is #1 in a projected series of posters of ancient sites in different parts of the world.

Images include: Chaco Canyon, NM; Canyon de Chelly, AZ; and Mesa Verde, CO.

Note that this calendar is no longer available and is shown here for completeness.

Gateways at Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon

The White House, Canyon de Chelly

Great Kiva, Chaco Canyon

Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon

Fajada Butte, Chaco Canyon:
Site of the "Sun Dagger" astronomical calendar

Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde


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