Ancient Paquimé and the Casas Grandes World by Paul E. Minnis, Michael E. Whalen

By Paul E. Minnis, Michael E. Whalen

Paquimé, the good multistoried pre-Hispanic cost sometimes called Casas Grandes, was once the guts of an historic sector with countless numbers of comparable friends. It additionally participated in monstrous networks that stretched their arms via northwestern Mexico and the U.S. Southwest. Paquimé is extensively certainly one of crucial and influential groups in old northern Mexico and is a UNESCO global background web site. Ancient Paquimé and the Casas Grandes World, edited by means of Paul E. Minnis and Michael E. Whalen, summarizes the 4 a long time of analysis because the Amerind beginning and Charles Di Peso released the result of the Joint Casas Grandes Expeditions in 1974.


The Joint Casas Grandes day trip printed the extreme nature of this web site: huge structure, monstrous ball courts, ritual mounds, over a ton of shell artifacts, thousands of skeletons of multicolored macaws and their pens, copper from west Mexico, and wealthy political and spiritual existence with Mesoamerican-related photographs and rituals. Paquimé used to be no longer one sole group yet was once surrounded through hundreds of thousands of outlying villages within the sector, indicating a region that sustained millions of population and stimulated teams a lot farther afield.


In occasion of the Amerind Foundation’s 70th anniversary, 16 students with direct and enormous adventure in Casas Grandes archaeology current 9 chapters overlaying its economic climate, chronology, background, faith, local association, and value. the 2 ultimate chapters research Paquimé in broader geographic views. This quantity sheds new gentle on Casas Grandes/Paquimé, a good city well-adapted to its actual and monetary atmosphere that disappeared previous to Spanish contact.

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The present volume goes much further by summarizing nearly 30 years of research conducted in northern Chihuahua and adjacent areas since the Di Peso retrospective. In those 30 years, there has been something of a renaissance of archaeological research on the Casas Grandes world, all of it inspired by Di Peso’s pioneering work. , and Canadian archaeologists began collaborations that have advanced our understanding of the regional character and historical context of Casas Grandes society. Charlie would be very pleased!

UNIT 1: MOUND OF THE PIT OVENS. Located at the north end of the site, this unit consists of 2 room blocks with about 10 rooms and 4 exceptionally large earthen ovens surround a mound composed in part of cooking debris from the ovens. UNIT 2: MOUND OF THE CROSS. A low cross shaped feature slightly less than 40 m in length with a low circular mound at the end of each cross arm. This feature may mark specific sunrises. UNIT 3: BALL COURT I. This is the largest ball court at Paquimé and probably in the Casas Grandes region.

The University of Arizona Press did an excellent job producing this volume. Beginnings The Viejo Period Jane H. Kelley and Michael T. Searcy The history of the Medio Period is marked by population growth, aggregation, ideological shifts, and the building of the large, central polity of Paquimé (Casas Grandes). But before this colossal social transformation took place, people in northwest Chihuahua lived a lifestyle that had persisted for at least 400 years, which is known as the Viejo Period. This period is far from the beginning of human occupation in this area; Paleo points, extensive Archaic remains, the early agricultural site of Cerro Juanaqueña (Hard and Roney 1998), and an early pithouse period preceded Paquimé and can be seen as more distant precursors of the Chihuahua culture.

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