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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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  • September 17, 2017
    Good place to start your Chaco experience--we recommend taking a Ranger tour, or you will miss much of the significance of the location and position of walls and windows.  more »
  • September 14, 2017
    Pueblo Bonito is the largest of the ruins and an absolute must. We took the ranger-led tour, but I would suggest just doing some reading and study and exploring on your own. The ranger talked too long...  more »
  • September 9, 2017
    Pueblo Bonito is the largest of the great houses in the Chacoan landscape. It was the center of activity and of the Chaco peoples world. There are ranger led hikes, or one can walk through on their ow...  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    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.
  • March 22, 2017
    This was the best site out of all of them. Take your time and enjoy the history.
  • December 28, 2014
    Pretty but not THAT pretty
  • April 5, 2015
    A long drive on marginal roads, but worth it.
  • November 27, 2016
    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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