Chetro Ketl, part 1
Chetro Ketl was the first site visited on
Tuesday morning, October 30th. The "footprint" of this Great House is
in the shape of a `D', visible in the trail map of the sites guides. The images below
are listed in the order in which they were snapped.
Chaco Canyon, San Juan Basin, New Mexico
With the number images of Chetro Ketl,
it became necessary to "divee-up"
the collection in "web-manageable"
chunks. Hence this artificial division:
Chetro Ketl viewed from eastern cliff in the side canyon it dips into
(from the 1990 "Chaco Culture National Historical Park" brochure)
entering the west side of the site, the
walls' masonry was varied and beautiful.
note the difference between the earlier,
"Type I" masonry visible in the foregrond
of 1, and the "Type III" sections
on the broken `V' edge of 2.
facing a tad north of due west,
this shot was taken out-of-sequence
of the site
trail (see image 12 in part 2), but this area
(between trail locations 9 and 10)
called out soon after arrival.
from 3, moving back into the
section of 4 kivas in the southeast corner,
facing northwest; note the
tower-kiva--the tallest (circular)
wall--in the upper-right area of the image.
moving south and a little west of
4, this "double kiva"
shows up on the site guide map as a
single kiva, western-most of the four.
the joined kivas indicate different
at its south edge, facing north into Chetro Ketl's Great Kiva,
with a diameter of 60 feet and a depth of 14 feet.
at one point this kiva was remodeled, at
which time niches in the original kiva were
sealed; during excavation in 1932, 3
original niches were opened, each of which
contained a string of beads and turquoise
pendants--in all more than 17,000 beads of
shell and stone in strands up
to 17 feet long.
at the Great Kiva's east side facing west:
7: south seating pits+raised
floor vaults, with a firebox in the center, and,
8: north seating pits + excavated
(3+ feet diameter) discs from the pits.
Quoting from the present-day
These pits were elaborately
constructed and formed the foundation for the
large upright roof beams. When the pit in the
northeast corner was excavated, four sandstone
discs were found layered beneath the floor, and
were separated from one another by layers of
abode. Beneath the fourth disc, two alternating
layers of lignite and adobe were found. Beneath
the layers of adobe of lignite, in the center of
the circle, a sueded leather bag containing
powdered turquoise was found.
turning 180 degrees around from 7-8,
facing east, and attempting another "panarama shot"
curious how much the light changes, if one
is not a very "practiced" photographer
on to Chetro Ketl, Part 2
Pueblo del Arroyo
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