This amazing ten-mile canyon was a major centre of ancestral Pueblo culture between 850 and 1250. Located in the Northwest corner of New Mexico, Chaco Canyon was a focus for ceremonials, trade and political activity for the prehistoric Four Corners area.
- Contains the most sweeping collection of ancient ruins north of Mexico
- Preserves one of the most important pre-Columbian cultural and historical areas in the United States
- Chacoan building may have been aligned to capture the solar and lunar cycles, requiring generations of astronomical observations and centuries of skillfully coordinated construction
- Sites are considered sacred ancestral homelands by the Hopi and Pueblo people
Explore Chaco through guided tours, hiking and biking trails, campfire talks, and night sky programs with the National Park Service. www.nps.gov
Wikipedia contributors, ‘Chaco Culture National Historical Park’, Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 2 June 2016, 18:30 UTC, <https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Chaco_Culture_National_Historical_Park&oldid=723381288> [accessed 2 June 2016]
Adventures in Anthropology has organized a group tour of the unique Native American Pueblo, Acoma’s “Sky City” on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The group will meet at the Acoma Sky City Cultural Center at 10:00 AM for a group tour, beginning promptly at 10:30 AM for a 1.5 hour guided tour.
Following the tour, the group will meet for lunch together at the Y’aak’a Café for a true taste of Acoma (lunch cost on your own). The group is welcome to tour the Haak’u Museum, open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, at its leisure. A special exhibit on coiled pottery will be on display. *Note: The registration fee includes a $26.00 tax deductible contribution to Adventures in Anthropology.
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Chaco Canyon is to pueblo ruins lovers as Disneyland is to kids of all ages. To see everything you really need more than one trip. Chaco is an impressively orchestrated maze of beautiful old stone, amazing history of ancient culture, and a little mystery….read more here
Nestled in the solid rock is a place between earth and sky. This National Historic Landmark stretches over one mile long and features different levels of dwellings….read more here
This amazing geological marvel allows us to observe and experience geological processes up close. What a perfect day trip…read more here
Seeing these majestic animals is one thing – hearing them will make you 100% happy you bought the tickets that go towards a very great cause. (photo credit: Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary)…read more here
New Adventure: Taos Exploration Trip
When: September 15 – 17, 2017
‘Place of Red Willows’
The town of Taos is located in the north-central region of New Mexico nestled into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Taos is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. Residents have inhabited this beautiful community for over 1,000 years.
Ah the curious and exciting things in this world…
The American Museum of Natural History reports that a new species of dinosauromorph was among the mixed assemblage of dinosaurs and dinosauromorphs found at Hayden Quarry in Ghost Ranch, New Mexico!
What is a dinosauromorph (‘dinasauromorpha’)?
See more about this amazing finding at American Museum of Natural History
AiA visit to the Ghost Ranch Retreat and Educational Center
See more about our visit to the Ghost Ranch here
Thank you Leslie Cohen for organizing this field trip to Ghost Ranch Retreat & Educational Center.
Five of the world’s top paleontology scientists were also visiting the Hayden Quarry that day representing:
- Field Museum in Chicago
- University of Iowa
- Peabody Institute
- University of Utah
- American Museum of Natural History in New York
The Hayden Quarry on Ghost Ranch is considered the most important paleontology site in the world.
See more about the Ghost Ranch at www.ghostranch.org/
Mesa Prieta, meaning ‘dark mesa’, is a thirty-six square mile mesa extending twelve miles in a northeasterly direction. Over 100,000 examples of rock images are estimated to exist on the mesa in addition to other archaeological features!
The east side is closely adjacent to the Rio Grande; the western side has large habitable and agricultural areas between the base of the mesa and the nearest drainage.
Ancestral Puebloan peoples were said to develop a style that is now known as Puebloan the Rio Grande Style. Most Pueblo IV glyphs are believed by archaeologists to be related to some form of ritual or ceremony.
Mesa Prieta Facts
- The largest numbers of petroglyphs on the site are from the Pueblo IV period, roughly 1300 A.D. to 1600 A.D.
- Human figures carved into the stone appear as dancers, shamans, hunters, flute players, women giving birth and warrior.
- Recent research has identified numerous sun calendars and solar markers among the rock images.
Adventures in Anthropology field trip to Mesa Prieta
See more on Mesa Prieta HERE
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Adventures in Anthropology joined Petroglyph National Monument October 22, 2016 for an informative free guided tour.
Petroglyph National Monument protects one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago! These images are a valuable record of cultural expression and hold profound spiritual significance for contemporary Native Americans and for the descendants of the early Spanish settlers.
- Developed and undeveloped trails combined contain 500 designs and symbols
- 3 trails offer a diverse view of the cultural and natural landscape within the monument
Petroglyph National Monument at www.nps.gov/petr/index.htm
Petroglyph National Monument, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Petroglyph_National_Monument&oldid=750379984 (last visited Nov. 19, 2016).