One of the most advanced tribes in early North American history was the Anasazi people of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. They thrived for hundreds of years in the fertile red desert canyons, growing their culture and building impressive ancient villages. But at the end of the 13th Century A.D., the Chaco Canyon people mysteriously and permanently disappeared. Though no universally accepted reason for this sudden decline has been found, recent archeological discoveries have led ZRS contributor, Ben Schuster, to suggest that a zombie plague may have been at work.
In 1997 a large quantity of Anasazi human remains were uncovered that showed evidence of death by violent dismemberment and cannibalism. Other excavations of sites from that same area have revealed many more unburied, dismembered and partially eaten bodies. These findings are particularly disturbing because there is nothing in the Anasazi tradition to explain why a peaceful people would resort to eating other human beings while they were still alive. Furthermore, the possible explanations of war and famine have been largely ruled out by experts.
Existing theories argue that cultures as disparate as the ancient Roman Empire, and warrior tribes of Ecuador may have experienced their own infestations of the undead. Though we may never have conclusive proof about what happened to the Anasazi, the mystery at Chaco Canyon is just another reminder of the fragility of civilization in the face of an overpowering zombie threat.