Ancient Civilizations of Power and Influence: Chaco
POSTPONED UNTIL 2021
Have you ever wanted to immerse yourself in the solitude, mystery, and power of Chaco Canyon? This is your chance to spend three nights camping in one of the largest and most intriguing ancient community centers in the American West. Learn about the archaeology of Chaco with three of the finest big-picture scholars, who place Chaco Canyon into a continental context and weave compelling stories of trade, identity, and power. Did trade goods such as turquoise move south as currency in exchange for strategies in political power that was in full effect in Mesoamerica? Is it a coincidence that Chaco’s rise parallels Cahokia’s? If, as Dr. Lekson invites us to imagine, “Everybody knew everything,” certainly these ancient civilizations of power and influence would have shared and interpreted grand concepts in their own unique ways.
The Ancient Civilizations of Power and Influence series continues with Huaxtec, Mexico, in 2021 and Cahokia, Illinois, in 2022; though each program can be experienced separately, the entire series offers an unparalleled look at the ancient past.
• Hike to Peñasco Blanco and view numerous petroglyphs along the way, including the supernova panel, which is often linked to the A.D. 1054 supernova event.
• Spend three nights camping in Chaco Canyon, one of the largest ancient community centers in the American West.
• Learn about the archaeology of Chaco with three of the finest big picture scholars, who place Chaco Canyon into a continental context and weave compelling stories of trade, identity, and power.