Study: Drought cracked Pueblos’ social fabric

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Study: Drought cracked Pueblos’ social fabric

As harvests dwindled, Puebloans stopped believing leaders
Archaeologists say the people from hierarchical Mesa Verde migrated to pueblos along the northern Rio Grande, where they had more access to public rituals.
Bocinsky
Complex societies like Chaco Canyon, were the most socially stratified. Eventually, the Puebloans rejected hierarchy completely, said Timothy A. Kohler, co-author of study.
Pueblo Bonito, the largest ruin at Chaco, as seen from the bluff above.
Puebloan periods

Basketmaker III: A.D. 500-700

Pueblo I: 700-890

Pueblo II: Rise and fall of Chaco, 890-1145

Pueblo III: Rise and fall of Mesa Verde, 1145-1285

Pueblo IV: Rise of “plaza” pueblos until arrival of the Spanish, 1285-1400

Study: Drought cracked Pueblos’ social fabric

Archaeologists say the people from hierarchical Mesa Verde migrated to pueblos along the northern Rio Grande, where they had more access to public rituals.
Bocinsky
Complex societies like Chaco Canyon, were the most socially stratified. Eventually, the Puebloans rejected hierarchy completely, said Timothy A. Kohler, co-author of study.
Pueblo Bonito, the largest ruin at Chaco, as seen from the bluff above.
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