Chaco Canyon - James Q. Jacobs

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Chaco Canyon National Historical Park
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Pueblo Bonito
Of the Great Pueblos in Chaco Canyon, D-shaped
Pueblo Bonito, possibly five stories tall, has
the greatest number of rooms, estimated at
650. This view is from the mesa to the north.
The center wall aligns to true North.
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Fajada Butte
Fajada Butte is noted for the Sun Dagger
hierophany, a petroglyph spiral behind
slabs of rock which framed zenith
passage sun and moon light as a unique,
complex seasonal calendar.
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Sun Dagger
An interactive display at Maxwell Museum,
UNM, displays the change in illumination
for each season.
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Una Vida
The
varied style of masonry at the Chaco Canyon
great houses is all high-quality masonry.
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Chetro Ketl
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Chetro Ketl great kiva
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Chetro Ketl elevated kiva
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Casa Rinconada
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Casa Rinconada
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Hungo Pavi
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Kin Kletso
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New Alto
After Chaco Canyon was abandoned the most important
site in the San Juan Basin was Aztec Ruins.
Later in the sequence Casas Grandes replaced Aztec
as the largest center.
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Bedrock
Stairway
Chacoan stairway cut into this cliff,
left of center, connected the wash
area across from Chetro Ketl with the
Tsin Kletso mesa.
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1054 supernova?
Pictographs hypothesized as a
depiction of the 1054
supernova.
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Petroglyphs
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Stone Circle
View from north mesa of South Gap Road.
Pueblo del Arroya is visible near the wash.
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Visitors Center
theatre, museum, media
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SOUTHWEST
Archaeology
PowerPoints
Abó
Anasazi Heritage Center
Aztec Ruins
Chaco Canyon
Pueblo Bonito
Coronado State Monument
Edge of the Cedars
Gran Quivira
Maxwell Museum
Mesa Verde
Pecos Pueblo
Southwest Photo Galleries
Quarai
©2010 by James Q. Jacobs
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