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The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973

Book Reviews

cated on the cliff face of the mesa about 6oo feet above the canyon
floor. The restored remains consist of the houses, storerooms, kivas,
towers, and courtyards which had been occupied from about 1050 until
13oo A.D. by prehistoric Puebloan people.
The people of Mug House were farmers, cultivating the usual North
American triad: corns, beans, and squash. They also had domesticated
turkeys for food and supplemented this meat with deer, rabbit, squir-
rel, and wood rat. In crafts, the people of Mug House excelled in pot-
tery making; in contrast, their basketry, weaving, and leatherwork
did not reach such a fine technical or aesthetic level. Rohn suggests
that the religious organization was highly developed, a deduction based
on the architectural differences in the details of the various kivas. It
may be that separate kiva societies, which are common to modern
pueblos, were also present at this time.
As a result of Rohn's reporting style, this archaeological site report
has an appeal for a wide audience. The book is not limited to an in-
ventory of the artifacts; rather, Rohn tries "to reconstruct the life of
the people who occupied the site and the uses to which they put cer-
tain tools and utensils." Good preservation conditions gave Rohn a
wide range of material culture artifacts from which to reconstruct the
life style, although much of the reconstruction is, of course, specula-
The report is profusely illustrated with excellent architectural plans,
black and white photographs of the artifacts, and before-and-after
views of the site. All the material is integrated into the body of the
text; making the myriad of specific data meaningful to the general
reader. The grouping of artifacts by their assumed function, rather
than by the material of which they were made, presents a new but
generally interesting approach.
I would recommend this work to anyone who is interested seriously
in the prehistoric Southwest.
North Texas State University BARBARA H. BUTLER
The United States and Revolutionary Nationalism in Mexico, 1916-
1932. By Robert Freeman Smith. (Chicago: University of Chica-
go Press, 1972. Pp. xv+288. Footnotes, bibliography, index, ap-
pendix. $12.)
In this scholarly study Robert Freeman Smith of the University of
Toledo continues his research in the area of United States-Latin Amer-


Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. Accessed October 7, 2015.