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Ancient Observatories
Wijiji, Chaco Canyon

Wijiji Great House, Chaco CanyonThe great house of Wijiji, built in one short construction effort around A. D. 1110, provides an excellent primary calendrical station for winter solstice.

 

 

 

 

Wijiji Great House, Chaco Canyon View 2An alternate view of Wijiji. A Chacoan Great House found inside Chaco Culture National Historic Park, New Mexico.

 

 

View from the northwest corner if the Wijiji Great House.View from inside the northwestern corner of the Wijiji Great House. It is believed that this site may have been used as a calendrical station for the winter solstice. On December 4-5 the rising sun appears in the leftmost region of the deepest notch on the horizon. Over the next 16-17 days the rising sun appears further and further to the right until finally reaching the rightmost region of the notch on the winter solstice. 

Interior view of the Wijiji Great HouseThis is an interior view of Wijiji, one of the Chacoan Great Houses found inside Chaco Culture National Historic Park, New Mexico. This Great House was occupied between 1100 and 1150 AD.

 

Fajada ButteFajada Butte is a prominent landscape feature and a sacred place for the Pueblo, Hopi, and Navajo peoples. It figures prominently in the people's oral histories, migration stories, and ongoing traditions. The Sundagger site, atop the butte, is one of many that commemorates the passage of the sun in the Chacoan world. 

by: Courtesy of NASA

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Source: http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/2005/locations/chaco.htm

Photos: Troy Cline

 

 
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