With relatively few remaining original roofs, the tops of the walls are exposed to weathering, which ultimately causes severe erosion and collapse. The preservation staff caps each wall with several courses of stone set in a more weather-resistant mortar. This cap takes the brunt of the weathering, sheds snow and rain, and protects the original wall surfaces beneath.
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The Hopi place name for Chaco Canyon is Yupkoyvi, "the place beyond the horizon." Ten clans of the Hopi consider Chaco Canyon part of their ancestral homeland More...