Photographer's Note

Ten thousand years ago, Paleo-Indians hunted bison and other animals that are now extinct in this area, Chaco Canyon. Four thousand years ago, semi-nomadic Indians lived here seasonally, leaving behind evidence - bits of basketry, sandals, seeds, spears, etc. Two to three thousand years ago, evidence of rudimentary farming is evident and these People are called the Basketmakers.

Over the next centuries, the Basketmakers skills evolved with better farming techniques with squash, corn, beans, etc. The climate had become wetter and farming and storing produce required building stone storage buildings. Their storage rooms and pithouses became increasingly refined and grew into small villages.

About A.D. 500, the People we call Anasazi, were living in above ground masonry dwellings built around a central pithouse. The Anasazi architecture and their communities continued to evolve. By the mid-ninth century, moderately sized arc sized dwellings (pueblos) would increase in size and stories over the next two hundred and fifty years into the "Great Houses" as seen in this photo.

The Anasazi in Chaco Canyon, we called the "Chacoans". They built many pueblos within the Canyon, and this photo is of Pueblo Bonito, Spanish for "beautiful city". The Chacoans were not only great architects, but also skilled at basket weaving, pottery making, farm irrigation, jewelry, etc. They built hundreds of miles of roads connecting other pueblos to Chaco. But probably most importantly, they obviously were skilled at social cooperation and cohesiveness - necessary to live in a village of up to 6,000 people.

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1203 W: 1 N: 3169] (13981)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2010-05-07
  • Categories: Ruins
  • Camera: Canon T1i
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2010-05-11 12:06
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