Oil and Gas Drilling Encroaches on Chaco Canyon; Justin Housman; adventure journal

USA – Chaco Culture

More drilling leases proposed for the Greater Chaco Region, one of the world’s most astonishing archaeological sites.

More than 1,000 years ago, ancient Pueblans built fantastic complexes of great houses with hundreds of rooms, ceremonial temples, sophisticated solar art installations, and long, flat roads radiating out from the center of their civilization in Chaco Canyon, in what is today northwestern New Mexico. They built their city from rough-hewn sandstone and timber and it lasted for over 200 years before, it is thought, drought and eventual food shortages brought the Chaco Culture to its knees, causing a great emigration. The area surrounding Chaco Canyon is one of North America’s most important and cherished archaeological sites, with a great deal left to uncover, explore, and learn from.


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