I recently had the pleasure of heading West - Southwest, to be exact - to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The city is charming, with Adobe architecture, welcoming people and amazing historic sites. The town has a lot of similarities to St. Augustine in it's Spanish colonial heritage - but also lots of differences, especially in its climate and environment.
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I visited Bandelier National Monument to check out a few Pueblo Ancestor sites. People built large village structures, up to 4 floors tall, on both mesas (mountain tops) and down in valleys. Others built houses next to the cliffs and carved cavates (small human-carved alcoves) into the cliff facings to be used for storage, living space and spiritual places. The Cavates were plastered half-way up and had ceilings cured with smoke and soot.
|View from a cavates of the Tyuonyi (Qu-weh-nee) pueblo on the Main Loop Trail.|
|I can't help myself - I love all the little sherds! Even more, I love to see people have respected the NPS motto to "Take only photos, leave only footprints!" From the Tsankawi Trail at Bandelier.|
|San Miguel Chapel in Santa Fe - the oldest extant church in the US, dating back to at least 1628 - stands as a great reminder of the colonial history of the city.|
|Exhibit Title: "Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time"|
|Great pottery sorting activity - fun for kids and non-Southwest archaeologists!|
|The exhibit even featured ultra-realistic collections - banker's boxes and all!|
|Displays featured site maps from excavations at several sites around town, including right under your feet at the Palace of the Governors.|
|Pottery sherds showing the cultural ties that developed between the local native peoples and the Spanish. A local Pueblo potter began using designs reminiscent of Pueblo Polychrome, a majolica made in Pueblo, Mexico.|
Text and Images by Emily Jane Murray, FPAN Staff, unless otherwise noted.