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The Anasazi Sun Dagger on Fajada Butte

In the middle of ancient Anasazi - called Chaco Canyon - increases an enforcing natural structure called Fajada Butte.Anasazi Sun Dagger Fajada Butte 09657248573229800637.jpg On a narrow rocky outcrop at the top of this mountain is a sacred site of the native people, which got the name "Sun Dagger" and exposed the shifting seasons to the astronomers of An asanasazi thousands of years ago. Although the canyon was abandoned more than 700 years ago for unidentified factors, the secrets of the dagger stay concealed to only a few. It discreetly marked the course of the seasons for many centuries, but lasted only 10 years before its discovery and was lost permanently.Non-Technological Cultures: Kivas 341422383934457.jpg

Non-Technological Cultures: Kivas

A kiva is a large, circular, underground space used for spiritual events. Similar underground spaces have been found in ancient individuals in the area, including the ancestors of the Mogollon and Hohokam peoples, indicating the presence of kivas in their ancestral homes. The kivas used by the ancient Pueblos of this and other ancient communities in the location, as they were called by archaeologists who established the Pecos classification system, developed from easy pit homes and generally lay round, following the very same pattern utilized during the ancient Punta Gorda - San Luis Obispo area of Mexico, which archaeologists called the PECOS I period. In the late 8th century, the Mesa Verdeans began constructing square pit structures, which archaeologists call protokivas. The best understood of these existed from the 12th to the 13th century, but were abandoned at the end of the 13th century. A lot of scholars agree that Chaco served as a place where many Pueblo peoples and clans came together to share their cultural, spiritual and religions. Bandelier National Monument includes the website of the ancient city of Anasazi Kivas, the largest of its kind in the United States.

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