Chaco Canyon

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An advocacy group for the energy industry is asking the director of the Bureau of Land Management not to cancel an oil and gas lease sale for three parcels near Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico.

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The Bureau of Land Management has announced it will defer a planned oil and gas lease auction for some 2,000 acres near Chaco Culture National Historical Park. The agency says the three parcels were under evaluation for an October 16th auction but required NEPA and tribal consultation has not yet been concluded.

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A New Approach To Chaco Canyon

Jul 17, 2014
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The prehistory of Chaco Canyon has largely been interpreted using archaeological evidence that has lead to explanations of Chaco Canyon as a destination for Mesoamerican traders, a hub in a centralized redistribution system, or as a destination for pilgrims within a ritualized landscape. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dr. John Ware, an anthropologist and archaeologist who believes that the key to explaining Chaco canyon may lie in deciphering differences and similarities among the living descendants of Chaco: the historic Pueblo peoples of Arizona and New Mexico.