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In referring to that area in the southwestern part of the United States and the northern part of Mexico over which is spread the remains of a once prolific and virile civilization, that of the Pueblo Indian, many names have been used. Some of these are very indefinite, and of little descriptive value, when one looks into the exact meaning of them. To those who know what was meant to be conveyed by these names, they no doubt are sufficient, but one ignorant of these denotations would probably be lead into misunderstandings. Such names as "The Great American Desert", the "Southwest", and "The Pueblo Area", and the "Indian Country" have been used to denote this area over which the Pueblo Indians spread and developed their characteristic culture. It has now, after some years of this loose naming been seen that a definite title should be adopted for this area.

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Degree Name

Public Archaeology

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Department Name

UNM Department of Anthropology

First Committee Member (Chair)

Benjamin Franklin Haught

Second Committee Member

Edgar L. Hewett

Third Committee Member

Wilma Loy Shelton

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