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Aztec Ruins National Monument [NM]

The Aztec Ruins National Monument is an ancestral Pueblo site. A "great house" known as West Ruin offers one-half mile of rooms, some with their original wooden roofing and mortar. The reconstructed Great Kiva offers a glimpse of how an ancestral Pueblo religious and social center would have looked. Although referred to as Aztec, the ruins are in fact Anasazi or, as they are more commonly called, ancestral Pueblo. The use of the designator "Aztec" arose out of local word-of-mouth circa 1876.

The monument offers an introductory video on the area's Pre-Columbian history, interpretive talks, a self-guided tour and interpretive trail, lectures, traveling trunks, demonstrations of Native American crafts, teacher's workshops, a children's workshop for third-grade students from San Juan County, Junior Ranger activities, and a picnic area. The website offers a curriculum guide for download.

 
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