Anasazi Art, History, and Culture

Archaeologists use five basic characteristics to determine if an excavation site is Anasazi(Ancestral Pueblan) or not. First, the site must have a kiva, or underground ceremonial site for gatherings. Second, it must have a unit pueblo. A unit pueblo was building made up of a room block of between two and twelve rooms that was linked to a kiva or plaza. The third characteristic was that the kiva and pueblo unit must face south or southeast. The fourth characteristic was the distinct gray and white pottery with a corrugated exterior. Last, was the burial pattern. Bodies were buried with the legs against the chest, lying on their sides, with their heads pointing east.

Anasazi River
Anasazi River
Chaco Anasazi Ruins
Chaco Anasazi Ruins
Junction Ruin, Canyon de Chelly
Junction Ruin, Canyon de Chelly
Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde
Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde
Mummy Cave Ruin
Mummy Cave Ruin
Navajo Blanket
Navajo Blanket
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