Museum Closed Starting October 27, 2014
The Aztec Ruins museum will be closed starting Monday, October 27, 2014 to prepare for new exhibits to be installed in April 2015. The visitor center, video, and self-guided trail will remain open.
Aztec Ruins: Footprints of the Past DVD by the National Park Service.
The complex story of the people of Aztec Ruins National Monument is brought to life in the stunning cinematography of this beautiful and informative film. Shown regularly in the park visitor center, this DVD is the perfect way to share Aztec Ruins with family and friends.
A History of the Ancient Southwest by Stephen H. Lekson.
According to archaeologist Stephen H. Lekson, much of what we think we know about the Southwest has been compressed into conventions and classifications and orthodoxies. This book challenges and reconfigures these accepted notions by telling two parallel stories, one about the development, personalities, and institutions of Southwestern archaeology and the other about interpretations of what actually happened in the ancient past.
Chaco's Northern Prodigies edited by Paul Reed
In the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries, the ancient pueblo sites of Aztec and Salmon in the Middle San Juan region rapidly emerged as population and political centers during the closing stages of Chaco's ascendancy. Some archaeologists have attributed the development of these centers to migration and colonization by people from Chaco Canyon. Others have suggested that the so-called Chacoan 'system' was largely the result of emulation of Chacoan characteristics by local groups in outlying areas. Research over the last five years in the Middle San Juan suggests that both of these processes were operating.
People of the Moon by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear
The authors Gear began their First North Americans series of prehistoric historical novels in 1990 with People of the Wolf. This thirteenth installment is one of the best novels in the series. The Gears have consistently captured early Native American life with precision, detail, and narrative excitement, but in Moon they reveal their skills to even sharper effect. The geographical locale this time is an area that will become northern New Mexico and southern Colorado; the Chaco Anasazi hold sway over the region and have done so for 200 years. As is the case with all conquering people--and almost certainly guaranteed by the people they have conquered--maintenance of suppression proves difficult.
Miniature Replica Pottery
Available only at the bookstore at Aztec Ruins National Monument are miniature replicas of 10 pieces of pottery found on exhibit at the Monument. Each piece is hand made and painted by artist William Perry.
The Lost Kachina by Heather Irbinskas, illustrated by Robert Albert.
A coloring book based on the children's picture book of the same title. A Hopi kachina doll is purchased by a schoolteacher, but when she retires, he is left on a shelf feeling unappreciated and misunderstood. A new teacher who is from the Hopi tribe finds the doll and teaches his class how to understand the kachina and the beauty and harmony in nature that he represents.
For over 1000 years the Ancestral Puebloans lived in the Four Corners country and then they moved on. What they left behind are massive stone cities on mesa tops, in natural caves and along sheer canyon walls. This splendid National Park Service film captures the serene, awesome, legendary spirit of these dwellings at Chaco Canyon, Betatakin, Mesa Verde, Canyon de Chelly, Aztec, and other sites in the San Juan system.
Did You Know?
The Visitor Center was once the home of Earl Halstead Morris, the archeologist who first excavated Aztec Ruins. He recycled some original timbers from the ruins in the building. You can still see some of these beams in the ceiling.