"the mystery of the anasazi"
by elizabeth you
in 700 bc, a civilization settled in north america in the areas now encompassed by new mexico, colorado, utah, and arizona. they were called the anasazi, a prehistoric tribe of native american indians. they grew corn, squash, and beans. they wove baskets and baked pottery. they were the first recorded indian tribe to use bows and arrows. they built huge, architectural wonders, in the sides of mountains until their lands were covered with cliff cities and sprawling farms. suddenly, 650 years ago, their entire civilization vanished, leaving behind a few mumified bodies, all of their earthly possessions and a mystery that is out of this world.
the anasazi civilization was more advanced than any other tribe of indians. their pueblo style of house is reflected in modern architecture. they may be the ancestors of the hopi people and their name is a navajo word meaning "ancient people who are not us." their agricultural society and permanant houses and cities are in sharp contrast to all other tribes in the american southwest. they developed no written language but left stone paintings and carvings throughout the region. they left pottery and tools but no explanation of where they were going or why. there are many theories about their dissapearance from scientists and laymen alike, and they all fit into three basic categories.
the drought theoryaround 1100 ad,
there were great droughts in the area where the anasazi lived.
these droughts either killed off the entire population or
drove them to migrate out of the region. tens of thousands of
anasazi left their homes without taking even tools or food.
when the remaining anasazi resettled in a different area, they
changed their appearance, their art, their culture, and their
religion. tens of thousands of anasazi left their homes
without taking even tools or food. recent findings by
climatologists suggest that the great drought was no where
near as severe as scientists believed ten years ago, certainly
not severe enough to drive a nation of people to abandon their
the conflict notionanother great
warring tribe may have attacked the anasazi, killing off their
entire population that was scattered over several modern-day
states. they left no signs of battles large enough to destroy
a nation of people. the winners did not loot and desecrate the
cities of the conquered. they did not disturb the bodies that
were buried peacefully inside the cities, and carried off
thousands of bodies of the warriors and their wives and
children that were killed in battle. no evidence of a war that
drove the anasazi to extinction has ever been discovered. the
cities show no sign of a seige and mass graves have never been
the alien connectionscientists
scoff at any explanation involving extraterrestrials, but
their theories are no less far-fetched. the anasazi were not
the only ancient civilization to disappear without a trace,
they are joined in infamy with the mayans, a race of
egyptians, the fabled atlantians, and the builders of easter
island. could aliens have abducted an entire population? or
could the anasazians have been aliens themselves, living on
the land for generations before returning to their home world?
their advanced society proves that they were vastly different
from any other inhabitants of the planet, and their mysterious
exodus may be evidence that they didn't abandon their homes,
but rather returned to them.
so how did an entire civilization vanish off of the face of the earth, leaving behind evidence of their culture but no explanation of where they went or how? you be the judge.