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Pueblo Bonito, Nageezi

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Pueblo Bonito, the largest and best-known great house in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, northern New Mexico, was built by the Ancestral Puebloans, who occupied the structure between AD 828 and 1126.In January 1941, a section of the canyon wall known as Threatening Rock, or tse biyaa anii'ahi in Navajo, collapsed as a result of a rock fall, destroying some of the structure's rear wall and a number of rooms. The builders of Pueblo Bonito appear to have been well aware of this threat, but chose to build beneath the fractured stone anyway. The wall stood 97ft high and weighed approximately 30,000 tons; the Puebloans compensated by building structural reinforcements for the slab. Pueblo Bonito is considered the most famous Chaco site and was a large D-shaped building that housed many.In 2009, traces of Mexican cacao from at least 1200mi away were detected in pottery sherds at Pueblo Bonito. This was the first demonstration that the substance, important in rituals, had been brought into the area that became the United States at any time before the Spanish arrived around 1500. Cylindrical pottery jars, common in Central America, had previously been found there, but are rare. 111 jars have been found in Pueblo Bonito's 800 or so rooms.The National Park Service website states: "Pueblo Bonito is the most thoroughly investigated and celebrated cultural site in Chaco Canyon. Planned and constructed in stages between AD 850 to AD 1150 by ancestral Puebloan peoples, this was the center of the Chacoan world." According to the anthropologist Brian Fagan, "Pueblo Bonito is an archeological icon, as famous as England's Stonehenge, Mexico's Teotihuacan, or Peru's Machu Picchu."
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  • The site is very large and has an added bit of interest in that a portion of the cliff above the site collapsed on a portion of the ruin, destroying some of the ruin, but also exposing some ripple mar...  more »
  • We did not get high to look down on Pueblo Bonito, but if you can, do so. Even at ground level, this place is impressive. Take a guided tour of either this or Chetro Ketl as the guides are good. Much ...  more »
  • Seen one Ruin, Seen 'em All --Pueblo Bonito is the One to See... We were pleased we could enter some of the structure too. Not sure if the rangers or the archeologists are more than clueless about the...  more »
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  • This is my favorite of the Chaco Canyon complex archeaological sites. You need to spend a few hours exploring the area just to jump start your imagination enough to fathom how advanced and massive this ancient culture was and the subsequent mystery concerning their disappearance and fate.
  • This was the best site out of all of them. Take your time and enjoy the history.
  • Pretty but not THAT pretty
  • A long drive on marginal roads, but worth it.
  • If there is only one site to visit to Chaco Canyon, it would be this one. It is huge and in an excellent state of conservation. It's Pueblo Bonito that we realize the better the layout of parts in the pueblo. To get an overview, there is the possibility to take the path that leads on the mesa from Kin Kletso. From the top, you can watch Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl and better understand these sites as a whole.
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