Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon

Work Information
Date: 850-1150
Vendor: Saskia, Ltd.

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Kua-0062
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Description: View into a series of rooms entered through a T-shaped door and low-silled doorways.
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Kua-0035
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Description: Pueblo Bonito in its canyon setting from the cliffs, view south.
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Kua-0036
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Description: The large D-shaped great house in its setting, with the open plazas visible among the ruins.
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Kua-0037
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Description: The SE corner structures of the great house, with the immense boulders of the cliff collapse of 1941 crushing the eastern sector. View NW.
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Kua-0038
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Description: View west: Pueblo Bonito at the cliff base with the immense rock fall.
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Kua-0039
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Description: View of the back wall of the pueblo ruins, view from NNW.
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Kua-0040
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Description: The SE area of the great house, with supported back wall, circular kivas, and eastern plaza at right.
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Kua-0041
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Description: Closer view into the SE sector with two elevated kivas enclosed within square rooms.
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Kua-0042
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Description: Smaller kivas near the two elevated kivas: all belonged to various clans or societies within the community.
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Kua-0043
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Description: Rooms at the SE corner of the pueblo narrowly escaping the rock fall.
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Kua-0044
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Description: View across rock fall boulders and kivas to the eastern plaza beyond. Huge boulders of the 1941 rock fall destroyed about 30 rooms in the eastern sector.
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Kua-0045
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Description: View of the eastern plaza and the western plaza with the great kiva at center. The great kiva, a key element of Chacoan public architecture, served the whole community.
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Kua-0046
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Description: Closer view of the great kiva. Standard features include: antechamber entrance; low masonry bench; raised floor vaults; raised firebox; and pits for seating four upright roof supports.
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Kua-0047
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Description: View through the curving back wall into the eastern plaza, view south.
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Kua-0048
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Description: Northwestern (and older) portion of the pueblo.
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Kua-0049
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Description: Overall general view of the western part of the large D-shaped Chacoan great house.
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Kua-0050
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Description: Closer view into the western plaza with a great kiva at lower left and the smooth curve of the outer wall of the D-shaped complex flowing around to the right.
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Kua-0051
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Description: Close view into the western plaza with its surrounding kivas and structures. Note the great kiva at lower left.
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Kua-0052
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Description: Viga sockets within the masonry wall beside the tumble of huge boulders.
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Kua-0053
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Description: A cross section of the long back wall illustrates the design of the walls: wider at the bottom and narrowing with each story to lighten the load of upper stories on the base.
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Kua-0054
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Description: Modern props support the ruins of the long curving back wall.
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Kua-0055
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Description: Unusual jagged window in the back wall.
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Kua-0056
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Description: Diagonal view of the long curving back wall with its massive props.
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Kua-0057
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Description: Before the advent of protective archeological laws, late 19th century pothunters repeatedly knocked holes into the long back wall rather than dig through the deposits of windblown sand.
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Kua-0058
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Description: Striking textures of viga shadows slanting on the distinctive Chacoan "core and veneer" masonry.
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Kua-0059
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Description: Elegantly formed sockets for viga support beams.
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Kua-0060
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Description: View into two stories of the multi-storied structure with construction details, doorways, and a view of the towering red cliffs beyond.
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Kua-0063
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Description: Detail of wall of Type II masonry with an elegant row of sockets for support latillas for a (storage? sleeping?) platform.
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