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New Site Suggests Anasazi Exodus

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Science  03 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5493, pp. 914
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5493.914a

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For decades, scientists have puzzled over the fate of the Anasazi, who once lived high in the cliffs of Mesa Verde in southwestern Colorado. Whereas conventional wisdom holds that they died off or slowly scattered, an archaeologist has now proposed that at least some Anasazi made a more dramatic, large-scale exodus to the south. That effort, he argues, would have required a higher degree of social cohesion than has been attributed to the Anasazi culture.