A Three Dimensional Reconstruction of the Pueblo Bonito Mounds


There are two large mounds on the south side of Pueblo Bonito that were extensively trenched in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Data from the re-excavation of three trenches are combined with new geospatial and remote sensing information to create a three dimensional reconstruction of mound history. Although low walls were built around parts of each mound at some point, there is no evidence that the mounds were ever enclosed by architecture. The mounds consist mostly of household debris and discarded construction material that was placed over buried artificial and natural channels that directed surface flows past Pueblo Bonito until late AD 1000s. Our reconstruction emphasizes the relationship between built environment and stream dynamics during the Bonito Phase (ca. AD 850 to 1200).

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A Three Dimensional Reconstruction of the Pueblo Bonito Mounds. Chip Wills, Beau Murphy, Heather Richards-Rissetto. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429425)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 14386