Chaco and Cahuachi: A Tale of Two Pilgrimage Centers

John Kantner, Vice President for Academic & Institutional Advancement

Colloquium, SAR Boardroom

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 12:00–1:00 pm, Free

Doorway in Pueblo Bonito, Chaco CanyonDoorway in Pueblo Bonito, Chaco CanyonPhotograph by and courtesy of Jason S. OrdazDoorway in Pueblo Bonito, Chaco CanyonPhotograph by and courtesy of Jason S. Ordaz

Comparative archaeological investigation of Chaco Canyon in the US Southwest and Cahuachi on the south coast of Peru is providing insights into how large pilgrimage centers develop. More difficult to explain is why they emerge in the first place, but recent empirical and theoretical work is providing some prospective answers to this question.

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