• Overlooking Chetro Ketl

    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

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  • Kin Bineola and Kin Ya' a Great Houses CLOSED

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Benign Neglect

This is a phrase used to describe the type of preservation treatment that is used at the vast majority of sites in Chaco. Each structure is thoroughly documented, a careful condition assessment is made, monitoring and evaluations are done on a routine cycle, but no hands-on preservation treatment is performed. Many of the sites in this category of preservation treatment are relatively stable and do not need to be interfered with, so benign neglect is appropriate.

Did You Know?

photo of cylinder jars from Chaco

Archeologist Patricia Crown discovered evidence of cacao in a cylinder jar from Chaco! This may be the earliest importation and use of cocoa north of where it is grown. Cacao is now processed into chocolate, but the Mayans and (later) the Chacoans may have consumed a bitter beverage. More...