By Paul E. Minnis, Michael E. Whalen
The Joint Casas Grandes excursion printed the extreme nature of this web site: huge structure, vast ball courts, ritual mounds, over a ton of shell artifacts, countless numbers of skeletons of multicolored macaws and their pens, copper from west Mexico, and wealthy political and non secular existence with Mesoamerican-related pictures and rituals. Paquimé was once now not one sole neighborhood yet used to be surrounded by way of hundreds and hundreds of outlying villages within the sector, indicating a quarter that sustained hundreds of thousands of population and inspired teams a lot farther afield.
In party of the Amerind Foundation’s 70th anniversary, 16 students with direct and vast adventure in Casas Grandes archaeology current 9 chapters protecting its economic climate, chronology, historical past, faith, nearby association, and significance. the 2 ultimate chapters learn Paquimé in broader geographic views. This quantity sheds new mild on Casas Grandes/Paquimé, an excellent city well-adapted to its actual and financial surroundings that disappeared earlier than Spanish contact.
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In addition to the many colored illustrations, Di Peso insisted on including vast quantities of data so that his colleagues in archaeology would be inspired to pursue their own research using his data. The final five volumes of his Casas Grandes opus are packed with data tables, statistics, maps, and figures that have inspired North American and Mexican researchers for four decades. Charlie Di Peso was only 62 when he died in 1982, but his legacy as one of the principal theorists of Southwest archaeology already had been established.
UNIT 16: HOUSE OF THE SKULLS. Named for “trophy” skulls found in a cruciform room, this unit is one of the large multistoried sets of room blocks and has at least two plazas. Thirty-nine rooms were excavated. UNIT 17: BALL COURT II. This large ball court at the southern end of the site is much like Ball Court I but has been partially destroyed by an arroyo. UNIT 18. This unit at the south end of the site had a small room block and a rectangular room on a platform, a unique architectural feature at Paquimé.
With Mesoamerica’s spectacular ruins that have attracted attention for centuries, it is not surprising that Mexican archaeologists have focused in these areas of the country. S. Southwest has long fascinated a large number of archaeologists because of its pre-Hispanic remains. S. Southwest. Perhaps this can be illustrated by Chaco Canyon, a general analogy to Casas Grandes, because both were major and influential centers in the pre-Hispanic NW/SW. The bibliography of a recent summary of Chacoan archaeology (Lekson 2006) enumerates about 125 archaeologists who have published on Chaco.
Ancient Paquimé and the Casas Grandes World by Paul E. Minnis, Michael E. Whalen