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The Anasazi Sun Dagger|The Ancient Ones

In the middle of ancient Anasazi - called Chaco Canyon - rises an imposing natural structure called Fajada Butte. On a narrow rocky outcrop at the top of this mountain is a spiritual website of the indigenous individuals, which received the name "Sun Dagger" and revealed the shifting seasons to the astronomers of the Anasazi thousands of years back. Although the canyon was abandoned more than 700 years ago for unidentified factors, the secrets of the dagger stay covert to just a few. It discreetly marked the course of the seasons for many centuries, but lasted just 10 years prior to its discovery and was lost permanently.Chaco Canyon Ruins - Kivas, Pithouses, Casa Rinconada 5484726173.jpg

Chaco Canyon Ruins - Kivas, Pithouses, Casa Rinconada

The big homes were probably used to accommodate individuals who lived in the area, rather than royal homes or religious leaders. Each room is between 4 and 5 storeys high, with single-storey spaces overlooking an open space. The square and among the pit houses are individuals's homes, where the everyday activities of the families occur. The website is especially fascinating since it is among the least excavated areas of Pueblo Bonito, which indicates that it is the most naturally maintained website in the area. Una Vida (equated as "a life") dates back to around the time of Puebla Bonitos, around the exact same time as the site. With its 160 spaces, it is not the largest structure built by the Anasazi, but it offers an insight into the living conditions and lives of those who called it home. An example of a bigger, larger home is Hungo Pavi, which lies about 400 meters from the building. In spite of its big footprint in Chaco Canyon, the scientists who excavated the building have actually found little proof of life within its walls. Unlike artifacts found somewhere else in the Chacao Canyon, it provides very little to improve what we understand about life around the San Juan Basin. The ruins of Hungo Pavi have more than 70 rooms and are located about 400 meters from the entrance of the Chacao Canyon to the San Juan Basin, about 1,000 meters south of the Chaco Canyon.

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