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Ancestral Pueblo architecture

Chaco Canyon

Added by yongli on 08/15/2016 - 13:02, last changed on 12/01/2016 - 08:29
In the eleventh century, Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico was the center of a Native American cultural region about the size of the state of Indiana. It encompassed most of southwestern Colorado, from Chimney Rock National Monument on the east to Far View House at Mesa Verde National Park...

Cliff Dwelling

Added by yongli on 11/20/2015 - 14:00, last changed on 03/16/2017 - 11:21
The cliff dwellings of southwestern Colorado are among the world’s greatest archaeological treasures. The term cliff dwelling can be applied to any archaeological site used as a habitation and located in an alcove or rock overhang; however, the most famous cliff dwellings are those created by...

Far View Sites

Added by yongli on 06/23/2016 - 10:50, last changed on 09/09/2016 - 10:58
The Far View group at Mesa Verde National Park consists of more than twenty sites, five of which have been excavated. Far View House began as an eleventh-century Great House and part of the region centered on Chaco Canyon . Many of the surrounding sites in the Far View Group were first built in the...

Great House

Added by yongli on 06/23/2016 - 11:22, last changed on 12/01/2016 - 08:29
“Great House” refers to a class of ancient Ancestral Puebloan structures from the ninth through thirteenth century. Great Houses were monumental, geometrically formal constructions, with thick stone masonry walls made with careful craftsmanship. While inspired by the regional center in Chaco Canyon...


Added by yongli on 03/04/2016 - 10:39, last changed on 03/16/2017 - 07:48
Kivas were architecturally unique rooms or structures built by Ancestral Puebloans in southwest Colorado that served important ceremonial and social functions. Architecturally, they are recognized in the archaeological record in southwestern Colorado as far back as AD 500, although there are...

Lowry Ruin

Added by yongli on 11/20/2015 - 14:09, last changed on 03/16/2017 - 07:58
Named for early homesteader George Lowry, the Lowry ruin near Cortez is a pueblo with thirty-seven rooms, eight kivas, and one Great Kiva. Built between about 1090 and 1120 CE, the Ancestral Puebloan ruin dates to the late Pueblo II (900–1150 CE) and Pueblo III (1150–1350 CE) periods...
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