This six lecture module covers the regions of what are now the four corners of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah and Colorado. However to call this the “southwest” is biased. This region only became part of the southwest of the United States in1848. From c. the late 15th Century to 1848 it was the northwestern periphery of New Spain. However for most of its history it is a cultural and trade continuum that in reaches from the San Juan river basin in the north and arguably stretches south to the Yucatan and Guatemala. As Archaeologist Stephen Lekson noted, these sites really must be considered as the Northwest part of a Mesoamerican continuum. This is important.
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