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Ancient Wisdom: The Anasazi Sun Dagger

The loss of the sun dagger triggered the World Monuments Fund in 1996 to put Chaco Canyon, now called the ChACO Culture National Historic Park, on the list of "most threatened monoliths. " The canyon is home to more than 1,000 archaeological sites and more than 1. 5 million artifacts, making it the largest historical site of its kind in the United States today. The 9 large houses, the largest of which was five storeys high and lived in, might have accommodated up to 10,000 people at a time. An intriguing natural structure called Fajada Butte stands at the top of a steep hill and rises practically 120 meters above the desert flooring in a remote section of ancient Anasazi area known as Chaco Canyon. On a narrow rocky outcrop on the hill is a sacred site of Native Americans called Sun Dagger, which thousands of years ago exposed the changing seasons to ancient astronomers. Given that the gorge was deserted over 700 years ago for unknown reasons, it has actually remained hidden from the public.

Chocolate Made Its Method North Previously

Scientists understand of the earliest use of chocolate in Mesoamerica as part of a routine including a liquid beverage made from cocoa beans going back more than 1,000 years. Remains of chocolate left in ancient glasses mark the very first proof of its early existence in what is now Mexico. The remains, found throughout excavations in a big pueblo called Puebla Bonito, indicate that the practice of drinking chocolate reached Mexico and the American Southwest about 1,000 years ago from what is now the border with the United States. Chaco Canyon residents apparently drank chocolate from cylinders thousands of years back, however researchers now believe a comparable ritual might have taken place in the village itself. That's according to a paper released today in PNAS by researcher Dorothy Washburn of the University of Pennsylvania and her coworkers. Crown has actually long been fascinated by ceramic cylinders unearthed in Pueblo Bonito in the Chaco Canyon, which he investigated as part of his research study into the history of the United States Southwest. Building on Crown and Hurst's findings, she examined a collection of ceramic fragments from the historic site of Puleo in Blanding, Utah, in 2016.