Kinishba: A Prehistoric Pueblo of the Great Pueblo Period

Author(s): Byron Cummings

Year: 1940


Written by Byron Cummings, at the time of its publication the Director Emeritus of the Arizona State Museum, this book describes the excavations and other investigations of Kinishba that Cummings organized and led during the 1930s. This report, which Cummings wrote for general readers, was published "under the auspices of the Hohokam Museums Association and the University of Arizona. The book describes the site's architectural and archaeological features and artifacts, as well as the ancient history of Kinishba - a prehistoric pueblo of the Great Pueblo Period. After six centuries of neglect, the site was excavated by Cummings and his students beginning in the early 1930s. Much of the wonderful site was restored and the artifacts displayed as part of the site's museum collection. These artifacts, as well as the location of the site and its excavation details, are presented in photographs and maps in the boook, photographed and drawn by Cummings.

But as important as the recitation of the work is an understanding of its significance, and the understandable presentation of that meaning to the reader. All these the association believes have been done in full measure only as they could be done by a scholar such as Dr. Cummings. Cummings intention was that the story of Kanishba would serve as an inspiration and a source of understanding for the great ancient history of the Southwest. The site now is managed by the White Mountain Apache Tribe in association with the tribal museum and cultural center at Fort Apache. The museum provides information about how to visit the site and provides interpretive displays and other information.

Cite this Record

Kinishba: A Prehistoric Pueblo of the Great Pueblo Period. Byron Cummings. Tucson, Arizona: Hohokam Museums Association and the University of Arizona. 1940 ( tDAR id: 381341) ; doi:10.6067/XCV83T9J4R

Spatial Coverage

min long: -110.093; min lat: 33.698 ; max long: -109.841; max lat: 33.867 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Sponsor(s): Hohokam Museums Association

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Book written for the general reader about the archaeology and ancient history of the Kinishba site on the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation.