The Chaco phenomenon by J. J. Brody

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Published by Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico in Albuquerque .

Written in English

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  • Chaco Canyon (N.M.),
  • New Mexico


  • Chaco culture -- Exhibitions.,
  • Indians of North America -- New Mexico -- Antiquities -- Exhibitions.,
  • Chaco Canyon (N.M.) -- Antiquities -- Exhibitions.,
  • New Mexico -- Antiquities -- Exhibitions.

Edition Notes

Bibliography: p. 31.

Book details

StatementJ.J. Brody.
ContributionsMaxwell Museum of Anthropology.
LC ClassificationsE99.P9 B74 1983
The Physical Object
Pagination32 p. :
Number of Pages32
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL2809336M
ISBN 100912535016
LC Control Number83242309

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Beautifully illustrated with color and black-and-white photographs, Chaco Canyon draws on the very latest research on Chaco and its environs to tell the remarkable story of the people of the canyon, from foraging bands and humble farmers to the elaborate society that flourished between the tenth and twelfth centuries A.D.

Brian Fagan is a Cited by: 4. The Chaco Phenomenon was an instance of such a rapid jump in culture. There is a magnificent canyon located in north central New Mexico where this phenomenon occurred and the activity of the Anasazi reached a peak.

Named Chaco Canyon, this area had a good river and was at the center of the eastern side of the Anasazi homeland. The book’s eponymous meridian is degrees 57 minutes 25 seconds, and it’s the north-south line upon which Chaco Canyon, New Mexico; Aztec Ruins, New Mexico; Paquime, Chihuahua and (ancient) Culiacan, Sinaloa are aligned/5(14).

A Timeline of Chacoan history includes Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Aztec Ruins National Monument, "Chaco phenomenon" acceleration of cultural development Josiah Gregg refers to the Chaco pueblos in his book Commerce of the Prairies, making its first appearance in popular culture.

The goals of this study include using bioarchaeological data in conjunction with mortuary context, archaeological reconstruction, and ethnographic evidence to provide insight into the role that social control and violence may have played in the initiation, maintenance, and eventual dissolution of the Chaco Phenomenon.

While the Chaco Canyon Author: Ryan P. Harrod. The "Chaco Phenomenon" It doesn't happen often but occasionally a phrase will appear that seems just right from the beginning. Such a phrase is "the Chaco Phenomenon," which was first used by the excavator of Salmon Ruins, Cynthia Irwin-Williams (Vivian and Hilpert f).

Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs Exhibitions: Additional Physical Format: Online version: Brody, J. Chaco phenomenon.

Albuquerque: Maxwell Museum of Anthropology. How to Use This Book xxiii. The Chaco Phenomenon 3. The Rise of Chaco: A Brief History 9. Exploration and Investigation of the Chaco Ruins Explaining Chaco Chaco: A to Z Selected Annotated References Illustration Credits Index Brand: University of Utah Press.

Chaco Canyon is seen by Dr. James W. Judge, principal investigator of the Chaco Project for the National Park Service and University of New Mexico, toand recently retired professor of Anthropology at Fort Lewis College, Durango, as being a ceremonial center used for “the social integration of a dispersed population through.

Written by both up-and-coming and well-seasoned scholars of Chaco Canyon, Chaco Revisited provides readers with a perspective that is both varied and balanced. Though a singular theory for the Chaco Canyon phenomenon is yet to be reached, Chaco Revisited brings a new understanding to scholars: that Chaco was perhaps even more productive and.

Again quoting Stephen H. Lekson, from his book “The Chaco Meridian”, “Chaco had begun about [A.D.] as three villages competing, in a circumscribed canyon, for agricultural land and labor. Those local energies spilled out of the canyon, engaging and entangling allies from around the agriculturally rich rim of the Chaco Basin.

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Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park in the American Southwest hosting a concentration of park is located in northwestern New Mexico, between Albuquerque and Farmington, in a remote canyon cut by the Chaco ning the most sweeping collection of ancient ruins north of Mexico, the park preserves one of the most important pre Designated: (11th session).

Stephen Lekson, who has studied the Anasazi phenomenon for over twenty years, described Chaco Canyon this way in a recent article for National Geographic, "Imagine that you're a teenage kid in the 11th century, coming from the boondocks to Chaco for the first time.

THE MYSTERY OF CHACO CANYON helps students to appreciate the scientific and cultural achievements of a significant civilization in pre-Columbian North America. This film is relevant to secondary- and college-level courses in Social Studies, Earth and Space Science, Traditional Literature, Pueblo Culture, Art, Symbols, and Architecture.

Chaco's influence continued at Aztec, Mesa Verde, the Chuska Mountains, and other centers to the north, south, and west. In time, the people shifted away from Chacoan ways, migrated to new areas, reorganized their world, and eventually interacted with foreign cultures.

Their descendants are the modern Southwest Indians. Chaco Phenomenon Name given to a major process of settlement and societal organization that occurred in the period C.E. among the peoples of Chaco canyon, in what is now northwestern New Mexico; the society formed is notable for its settlement in large pueblos and for the building of hundreds of miles of roads (the purpose of which is.

“It has been difficult to suggest a good first book for those interested in diving into Chaco Canyon the place, the ancient phenomenon, and the object of archaeological scrutiny. Much of the literature on Chaco assumes substantial background knowledge, and many works are clearly written for those already initiated into Chaco-arcana.

Chaco Canyon, site of one of the most remarkable civilizations in North America prior to the European invasion, has long been the subject of speculation, fantasy and intense scientific exploration and study.

The mystery of its origins may never be unraveled, which is /5(5). The Anisazi culture flourished in the harsh, arid Chaco Canyon and became the center of the Anasazi culture for centuries. Then it collapsed and the people of Chaco Canyon vanished.

Pot from Chaco collection. Visit the Chaco Web Exhibit. The type of artifacts in the collection include the full range of Chacoan material culture -- prehistoric vessels, stone and bone tools, matting and sandals, ground stone tools for making corn flour, projectile points, hammers and mauls, hoes and digging sticks, corn cobs and turkey bones, and ornaments of shell, Turquoise, jet, and bone.

Chaco Timeline created by Lynne Sebastian, Carla Van West, R Gwinn Vivian, and Cindy Elsner Hayward. The last major excavation at Chaco Canyon was the National Park Service’s “Chaco Project,” from to Twenty-five sites were tested or partially excavated, culminating in. Get $20 off your next order of $+ when you refer a friend to and they make a qualifying purchase.

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Offer valid. Archeologists today call this cultural explosion "the Chaco phenomenon." But the phenomenon ended abruptly around A.D., when a vast collapse apparently occurred, and Chaco, along with some of the outlying sites, was largely abandoned.

Equally remarkable was. For archaeologists, the Chaco phenomenon offers a chance to understand the rise and fall of a cultural ideal. Though this ideal may have originated. The Bluff great house site is located on the San Juan River in southeastern Utah.

It was the focus of research conducted by the University of Colorado (CU) between and Bluff had some involvement with Chaco Canyon, the great Pueblo center of the 9 th to 12 th centuries and is one of the few Chacoan sites in this region to have been.

-Located in Chaco canyon in present-day northwestern New Mexico. -Five major pueblos emerged here from to CE. -These large settlements based on above-ground huts and gathering areas were the result of changes like a growing dependence on agriculture, an.

Kantner's publications on the so-called Chaco "phenomenon" appear in both academic outlets and in less-technical formats. A sample of this work is listed below. Books. In Dr. Kantner's book, he traces the evolution of Puebloan society in the American Southwest from the emergence of the Chaco and Mimbres in the AD s through the.

Chaco Canyon, a major centre of ancestral Pueblo culture between and AD, was a focus for ceremonials, trade and political activity for the prehistoric Four Corners area. The Puebloans quarried sandstone blocks and hauled timber from great distances, assembling fifteen major complexes that are thought to have been the largest buildings.

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Conservatism took hold in New Mexico's Chaco Canyon 1, years ago. Then the people fled its rigid traditions For archaeologists, the Chaco phenomenon offers a. The film challenges the notion that Chaco Canyon was primarily a trade and redistribution center.

Rather it argues that it was a center of astronomy and cosmology and that a primary purpose for the construction of the elaborate Chacoan buildings and certain roads was to express astronomical interests and to be integral parts of a celestial patterning. Chaco Canyon is a famous archaeological area in the American Southwest.

It is located in the region known as the Four Corners, where the states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico meet. This region was historically occupied by Ancestral Puebloan people (better known as Anasazi) and is now part of the Chaco Culture National Historical : Nicoletta Maestri.

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A New Box for Chaco. Compares the Inka Empire with the famous, but enigmatic, “Chaco Phenomenon” in the San Juan Basin of the Four Corners region of the American southwest. Separated by thousands of miles and hundreds of years, there is no suggestion of “diffusion” between the two cultures.

Opinion is hardly unanimous, but many authors endorse the idea that Chaco Canyon is and was a marginal place for growing corn (Zea mays), a chief source of food energy for Puebloan groups in the soils with “toxic” levels of salts, inadequate and unpredictable precipitation, and a short growing season have all been identified as contributing to the agricultural marginality of.

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So, a society builds a massive, not populated, ancient, capital-like city with an outsized network of roads. This was a massive undertaking of labor, resources and management.

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