Happy Friday! This week’s photo features the lovely Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon.
Literally translated to “beautiful town”, Pueblo Bonito is the largest and best known great house in northern New Mexico. According to the National Park Service, “Pueblo Bonito is the most thoroughly investigated and celebrated cultural site in Chaco Canyon. Planned and constructed in stages between AD 850 to AD 1150 by ancestral Puebloan peoples, this was the center of the Chacoan world.”
Petroglyphs adorn the wall behind Pueblo Bonita, featuring stylized six-toed feet. These images date back to the late 10th or early 11th centuries, and the extra stylized toes are typical of art in that time period. In regards to the building itself, the main structure required an estimated 805,000 hours of construction. Keep in mind, this was way before useful modern inventions like trucks or cranes.
Truly, this structure is feat of human ingenuity and design. Be sure to highlight Pueblo Bonito during your next trip to the Land of Enchantment!
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