Wednesday, May 12, 2010

USA - New Mexico - Pueblo Bonito

Pueblo Bonito from the Overlook, Chaco Culture N.H.P., New Mexico.
The largest and best known of Chaco's great houses is Pueblo Bonito. It was occupied from the early A.D. 900s to about 1200. Built in stages, this pueblo in its final form contained nearly 600 rooms, 40 kivas and rose four stories high.

Sent by Jeff from Michigan, USA. Thanks Jeff for the beautiful stamps.

This is from Wikipedia : Pueblo Bonito, the largest and best known Great House in Chaco Culture National Historical Park, northern New Mexico, was built by ancestral Pueblo people and occupied between AD 828 and 1126.

In January, 1941, a section of the canyon wall known as Threatening Rock, or tse biyaa anii'ahi (leaning rock gap) in Navajo, collapsed, 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. However, they chose to build beneath the fractured stone, which stood 97 feet (30 m) high and weighed approximately 30,000 tons, and compensated by building a structural reinforcement for the slab.

In 2009, it was reported that traces of cacao from, at the nearest, 1,200 miles (1,900 km) away in Mexico, were detected in pottery shards at Pueblo Bonito. This was the first demonstration that cacao, 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, but are rare. At Pueblo Bonito, 111 jars had been found in one of the 800 or so rooms of the pueblo.

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