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Sand Canyon Pueblo

Sand Canyon Pueblo

Sand Canyon Pueblo is the site of an ancient Pueblo Indian village in southwestern Colorado. Occupation of the site is believed to have begun during the late A.D. 1240s or early 1250s and lasted until approximately A.D. 1280, a time span that corresponds to the late Pueblo III period. With an estimated 420 rooms, 90 kivas, and 14 towers, as well as an enclosed plaza, a D-shaped bi-wall building, and a great kiva, the site is one of the largest and most archaeologically significant in the central Mesa Verde region. The Crow Canyon Archaeological Center conducted excavations at Sand Canyon Pueblo from 1984 through 1989 and from 1991 through 1993.

Choose from the following publications available for Sand Canyon Pueblo:

Archaeological Site Report

Nine chapters in The Archaeology of Sand Canyon Pueblo: Intensive Excavations at a Late-Thirteenth-Century Village in Southwestern Colorado synthesize the archaeological data and provide analytic and interpretive summaries. Descriptive details are available in the accompanying electronic database (below). Approximately 400 pages, 44 illustrations, 153 tables. Edited by Kristin A. Kuckelman, 2007.

Archaeological Database

The Sand Canyon Pueblo Database is an interactive database containing hundreds of maps, more than 2,000 color photographs, and a wide variety of field and laboratory data that can be accessed by individual study unit. These data are the basis for the interpretations presented in The Archaeology of Sand Canyon Pueblo (above). Additional data for Sand Canyon Pueblo are available in the Multisite Research Database.