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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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  • Old and grand, original american! Do not miss the view from top, it's a one hour hike... checkout the only intact room as well  more »
  • This is a great place to visit but the roads to Chaco Canyon are in a terrible condition, if you come in from the South, you have got 22 miles of unpaved "Graded Roads". If you come in from the North,...  more »
  • Get a better understanding of Pueblo Bonito by accompanying the Range (usaully at 1:30 pm) on a tour of this ruins. Also climb up the Pueblo Alto trail to the PB overlook to get an overwiew.  more »
  • Pretty but not THAT pretty
  • A long drive on marginal roads, but worth it.
  • World Heritage site
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