Categories: "New Mexico" or "Albuquerque" or "Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks" or "Pecos Wilderness" or "Santa Fe" or "Taos"

Pueblo Cave Dwelling

November 12, 2007


Cave dwelling in Bandelier National Monument
 
Caves dot the landscape around Tsankawi. The soft tuff allowed the caves to be dug easily. Many of the caves contain air holes drilled (somehow) through the top, allowing fire to be used for heat, and most entrances face south, providing more warmth in winter. Many of the walls are still covered in soot, along with drawings carved into the stone (and clay, which was used to cover the interior walls). Although small compared to modern standards, such caves provided great shelter in the 15th and 16th Centuries when they were inhabited by the Ancestral Puebloans. Traffic in and out of this particular cave over several hundred years has eroded the entrance.
 

Categories: New Mexico, National Parks, Bandelier N.M.

Tsankawi Trail

November 12, 2007


Tsankawi Trail in Bandelier National Monument
 
Hundreds of years of footprints have eroded paths into the tuff at Tsankawi in Bandelier National Monument. The paths are up to a few feet deep in different locations around the former Pueblo community.
 

Categories: New Mexico, National Parks, Bandelier N.M.

Tsankawi Plaza

November 12, 2007


Tsankawi Plaza in Bandelier National Monument
 
This is what remains of the plaza at Tsankawi. This was the center of a Pueblo community during the 15th and 16 Centuries. Few traces remain at first glance, but the foundations and remains of talus pueblos are easily found under the brush.
 

Categories: New Mexico, National Parks, Bandelier N.M.

Ancient Pueblo Ruins

November 12, 2007


Ancient Pueblo ruins in Bandelier National Monument
 

Categories: New Mexico, National Parks, Bandelier N.M.

Pueblo Petroglyphs

November 12, 2007


Pueblo Petroglyphs in Bandelier National Monument
 

Categories: New Mexico, National Parks, Bandelier N.M.

Peppers and Bull Heads

November 11, 2007


Peppers and Bull Heads
 

Categories: New Mexico, Santa Fe

Wind Sculpture

November 11, 2007


A wind sculpture in Santa Fe
 

Categories: New Mexico, Santa Fe

Orion and the Chapel of San Miguel por Barrio de Analco

November 11, 2007


Oldest church in the US and the constellation Orion
 
The constellation Orion shines behind the oldest church in the US.
 

Categories: New Mexico, Santa Fe

The Oldest House in the US

November 11, 2007


The Oldest House in the US
 
This is the oldest house in the US. It's located just off the Old Santa Fe Trail in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, across from the oldest continuously occupied church in the US and just down the street from the oldest public building in the US. The house was originally built around 1610, but because it's made of adobe it has required significant maintenance over the years. Oddly, photographs from the 1880's and late 1920's show the house with two stories, but photos from 1912 only show one. In each of these photos the sand/clay/straw/dung walls are shaped differently, sometimes uneven and cracked, sometimes smooth and clean. The house is built on top of an ancient pueblo that dates to around 1200.
 

Categories: New Mexico, Santa Fe

Oldest House in the US

November 11, 2007


Oldest House in the US
 
This is the storefront entrance to the oldest house in the US. I've found photos from as far back as 1880 with this portion attached but I don't know if it's technically part of the house or not. This section of the building is in much better condition and it doesn't appear to share the same pueblo foundation.
 

Categories: New Mexico, Santa Fe

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