• Overlooking Chetro Ketl

    Chaco Culture

    National Historical Park New Mexico

Treatment Techniques and Methods

The park employs a variety of preservation treatments to meet the somewhat conflicting goals of preserving these fragile resources for the long-term future while still making them available for the public to explore and study. We share these preservation and visitor use objectives with other National Parks and World Heritage sites that care for ancient architectural resources. Some of the preservation techniques that were tested in Chaco have been adapted for use in other high desert regions in Asia, Africa, South America and elsewhere. This collaboration is ongoing and helps to insure that the authenticity and integrity of significant ancient architectural monuments is preserved. Some of the preservation treatment techniques and methods tested and employed at Chaco include mortar repair, stone replacement, wall capping, backfilling or reburial, shelters, barriers and closed areas, benign neglect, records and research.

 
Preservation in Action
NPS employee Harold Suina repairing a wall
NPS Photo

Did You Know?

Photo of Casa Rinconada

The great kiva at Casa Rinconada is 63 feet in diameter, is almost perfectly round, and is aligned on a north-south axis. Hundreds of people would have participated in ceremonies in such a large and important space. More...