Aztec Ruins National Monument, an Ancestral Puebloan archeological marvel & sacred site, Northern New Mexico [Photos]


The large kiva [see photos, above, and below for a view inside] and overall construction at this site is so impressive that, “Early settlers mistakenly thought that people from the Aztec Empire in Mexico created these striking buildings. They named the site “Aztec,” a misnomer that persisted even after it became clear that the builders were the ancestors of many Southwestern tribes.

The people who built at Aztec and other places throughout the Southwest were called “Anasazi” for many years. Archeologists had adopted that word from the Navajo language, which they understood to mean “ancient ones,” and then popularized its use. Most Pueblo people today prefer that we use the term “Ancestral Puebloans” to refer to their ancestors” – From:  US National Park Service – Aztec Ruins

Couple Photos – Starting with the inside of the large restored kiva:


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