The scientific tourist #95 — Bandelier Longhouse

This week’s image comes to you from the Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico, USA:

I haven’t talked about Bandelier in quite a while, so thought it was about due for a return trip. Just outside of Los Alamos, and a quick drive from Santa Fe, Bandelier is one of the more easily accessible sets of ancestral puebloan ruins.

While people have lived in the area for more than 10,000 years, the more durable sites like Longhouse were built from the 1100s into the mid 1500s. This is later than the primary occupation periods for other sites like Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde, so Longhouse was likely built and occupied in a transitional period, while people were working their way downstream toward the pueblos where their descendants now live.

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