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

By Paul E. Minnis, Michael E. Whalen

Paquimé, the nice multistoried pre-Hispanic cost often referred to as Casas Grandes, used to be the heart of an historic sector with 1000s of similar friends. It additionally participated in big networks that stretched their hands via northwestern Mexico and the U.S. Southwest. Paquimé is commonly certainly one of crucial and influential groups in historical northern Mexico and is a UNESCO global historical past web site. Ancient Paquimé and the Casas Grandes World, edited by way of Paul E. Minnis and Michael E. Whalen, summarizes the 4 a long time of study because the Amerind starting place and Charles Di Peso released the result of the Joint Casas Grandes Expeditions in 1974.


The Joint Casas Grandes day trip published the extreme nature of this website: huge structure, enormous ball courts, ritual mounds, over a ton of shell artifacts, 1000's of skeletons of multicolored macaws and their pens, copper from west Mexico, and wealthy political and spiritual lifestyles with Mesoamerican-related pictures and rituals. Paquimé used to be now not one sole group yet was once surrounded through 1000s of outlying villages within the quarter, indicating a area that sustained millions of population and encouraged teams a lot farther afield.


In get together of the Amerind Foundation’s 70th anniversary, 16 students with direct and huge event in Casas Grandes archaeology current 9 chapters masking its financial system, 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 superb city well-adapted to its actual and fiscal surroundings that disappeared ahead of Spanish contact.

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Minnis and Michael E. S. Southwest (NW/SW). Despite its importance, the history of research of the region has not only varied greatly through time, but has lagged behind many adjacent areas. The first European explorers in the region noted the site—one of the first archaeological sites in what is now the NW/SW described by Europeans—in the mid-1560s. Balthazar de Obregón, the chronicler of the Ibarra Expedition, described Paquimé perhaps a short time after its abandonment: There are many houses of great size, strength, and height.

UNIT 13: HOUSE OF THE DEAD. This unit of 19 excavated rooms and 2 plazas yielded an unusually large number of burials. One of the plazas had a large number of turkey pens and turkey burials. One room contained a unique subfloor burial chamber interpreted as the internment of a very special person. UNIT 14: HOUSE OF THE PILLARS. This unit is one of the large, multistoried set of room blocks with around up to 6 plazas and what is interpreted as a small ball court enclosed in one of the plazas. Several rooms in this unit have notably eccentric shapes that likely indicate other than domestic use.

Paquimé in Current Context The JCGE ended fieldwork in 1961, and attention shifted to analyses and publication that was available 13 years after the fieldwork ended. Di Peso and his staff moved on to other projects north of the international border. Eduardo Contreras continued to do some limited reconnaissance in the area, a commitment to the Casas Grandes region recognized by the naming of the public library in Nuevo Casas Grandes after him. For the 25–30 years following the end of the JCGE’s fieldwork, Chihuahuan archaeology went into a period of inactivity.

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