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    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

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  • Kin Bineola and Kin Ya' a Great Houses CLOSED

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  • Petroglyph National Monument

    What It Takes to Survive: Then and Now

    What It Takes to Survive: Then and Now

    This lesson was designed to get students thinking about ancient Native culture-how it survived, and how it compares to the current culture today in New Mexico.

  • Petroglyph National Monument

    Hands Over Time

    Hands Over Time

    Students will recognize that handprint petroglyphs and pictographs may be prehistoric signatures. By leaving behind their own handprints on paper, students will increase their understanding of the value of petroglyphs and the need for their preservation.

  • Petroglyph National Monument

    The Power of Tools

    The Power of Tools

    This lesson is designed to teach young students about the many uses of tools over time. Students will not only understand how important tools were, but how they have been adapted and changed over time to fit our societal needs.

  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

    Aztec Ruins Teachers' Guide

    Aztec Ruins Teachers' Guide

    Drafted by teachers who attended "Project Archeology" workshops, lessons include hands-on activities that students undertake either on a field trip to Aztec Ruins or in the classroom with replica artifacts. Produced through funds from a National Park Foundation grant, the guide has been distributed to all San Juan County area schools.

  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

    Pottery of the Ancestral Pueblo

    Pottery of the Ancestral Pueblo

    Each pot sherd has a story and helps to complete the picture of a people in the absence of a written history. The ancestral Pueblo people created pottery for utilitarian, ceremonial functions and rituals, and trade. The styles of the pottery found at Aztec Ruins had specific relevance to their particular pre-historical, cultural context and intended use.

  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park

    Ancient Observatories

    Ancient Observatories

    Chaco Culture National Historical Park has worked closely with the NASA and the Exploratorium to create hands-on classroom activities that meet National Science Education Standards.

Did You Know?

Photo of Navajo Stabilization crew working in Chaco Canyon

Beginning in 1937 the CCC funded an experimental Mobil Unit to work on ruins stabilization. The crew was mostly Navajo and even had one female member. They passed their knowledge to future generations, and many members of the preservation crew today are related to the original team. More...