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.
Did You Know?
A thousand years ago, when Chaco was flourishing, you could hear the squawks of Scarlet ( Ara macao ) and Military ( Ara militaris ) macaws in the high desert. Live birds were traded along routes that stretched deep into present-day Mexico. They kept the live birds in rooms at Pueblo Bonito. More...