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‘Aztec Ruins’ National Monument

FURTHER AFIELD: ‘Aztec Ruins’, New Mexico

Aztec Ruins, built and used over a 200-year period, is the largest ancestral Pueblo community in the Animas River valley. Early settlers mistakenly thought that people from the Aztec Empire in Mexico created these striking buildings. They named the site “Aztec,” a misnomer that persisted even after it became clear that the builders were the ancestors of many Southwestern tribes.

Photo from the National Park Service website
Photo from the National Park Service website

The site dates from the 12th. century; the monument was established in 1923, and designated a World Heritage Site in 1987.

Photo from ‘The American Southwest’ website
Photo from ‘The American Southwest’ website

Aztec Ruins National Monument is just 2 miles from the centre of Aztec, a bustling town near Farmington in the far northwest of New Mexico.

Main image from ‘Earthworks and Sacred Landscapes’ website

Aztec Ruins National Monument
Aztec, New Mexico
‘The American Southwest’
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