Chaco’s Monumental Roads: New Fieldwork and Insights

Rob and his team are investigating monumental roads throughout the Chaco world using a combination of GPS mapping, drone photogrammetry, optically-stimulated luminescence (OSL) dating, and comparative insights with monumental roads across the ancient world. In this talk, he will present new findings about the use and meanings of symbolic roadways in the precontact U.S. Southwest, with emphasis on issues of inequality, regional organization, and religion.