Ancient Ruins–Chaco, NM

Chaco--Anasazi Ruins

Chaco–Anasazi Ruins

Looks like a model, doesn’t it? But it’s for real, and though it looks small, it’s not. The boulders that fell down from the mesa on the right were HUGE. Some of them crushed part of the ruins.

Doorways into rooms

Doorways into rooms

This was a fun shot. A series of doorways into a series of rooms. How many doorways do you see? It was a maze of rooms like this. It’s light in here because there is no roof. But in truth, there would have been a floor above this, and another above that. Can you imagine how dark that would have been?

Shows how tiny the doorways were in some of the rooms

Shows how tiny the doorways were in some of the rooms

Yep, this is one of the doorways. Some were a little taller, some this small. My friend is five feet, five inches tall.

Not windows, but doors on another floor

Not windows, but doors on another floor

Looks like windows to the beautiful outdoors, when in reality, it’s just another floor, and these are doors to the next rooms. Note a pole sticking out of the wall on the left. That’s a remnant of one of the timbers that held up the floor.

View from up above showing several ruins

View from up above showing several ruins

They had hiking trails from one group of ruins to another. It was amazing to see so many of them so close that they were within walking distance. I had expected just one area. It was also amazing how these buildings were built starting around 950 and are still standing, to a degree. Can you imagine our own homes lasting that long?

Off to work on She-Wolf to get it ready to turn in.

Have a great Thursday!

Terry

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