On Desert Shores

Thomas Bowen ’62, University of Utah Press, December 2022

Hot, arid, and uninhabited, the western Midriff Islands in the Gulf of California are surrounded by an often-treacherous sea. Why would ancient people go there, and why would anybody go there today? Bowen addresses these questions in the first comprehensive history of the islands; drawing on a range of sources, including the first archaeological field work ever conducted there and his own firsthand experiences. Bowen is a research associate with the Southwest Center at the University of Arizona and professor emeritus at California State University-Fresno.