We stopped by the Aztec Ruins National Monument while in Farmington, NM. The monument is a complete misnomer, as the Aztec civilization had nothing to do with these ruins, having never been in the area.
I can’t see or say the word “ruin” without immediately thinking of this Family Guy episode:
This evening is ruined!
The monument is a self-guided, 700 yard trail around and through the ruins, taking you down into the lower rooms. Park rangers provide an incredibly thorough booklet of information to accompany your walk, with each notable piece numbered. This is the largest Ancestral Pueblo community in the area, and it was built and used over a 200 year period. Upon excavation in the early 1900s, archaeologists found a plethora of well-preserved artifacts – clothing, tools, jewelry, and everyday items.
The structure originally had over 400 interconnected rooms, built around a plaza.
I loved seeing the different rock building styles used! Here, it’s pretty clear where parts of the wall were patched up or reconstructed:
Here’s a photo of the Great Kiva when it was excavated in 1921 by Earl Morris (he was largely responsible for most of the excavation and preservation of the ruins.).
The Great Kiva was reconstructed in an interpretation of how this ceremonial space would traditionally look.
We had a great time visiting this National Monument!
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