One of the advantages of rearranging your house is that sometimes you’ll find a long-lost treasure in the process. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been going through a big in-house reshuffle to make better use of space, and I stumbled across some old slides I took on a visit to Chaco Canyon decades back.
Sadly, the slides haven’t aged well, and are degrading rapidly (they looked fine 2 or 3 years ago, the last time I pulled them out). So I scanned the slides using an adapter for a digital camera, pulled them into my computer, and corrected their color as best I could (the image to the right is a before / after comparison of one of them). Not all the way there, but a big improvement (and an oddly ironic perspective on all those statements on the “impermanence” of digital media that you’ll find in the mainstream press from time to time).
Anyway, for those of you interested in archaeology and the history of civilization in North America, I’ve put the results online, in the SOS flickr collection. You can see them all in the SOS photo gallery, or in their flickr habitat here.
Sometime in the next few months, I plan on pulling together a podcast episode on Chaco Canyon, and its Ancestral Puebloan (nee Anasazi) builders / occupants. In the meantime, the Wikipedia page on Chaco Canyon is a pretty good place to start your reading.