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Holbrook in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Village on the Rio Puerco

 
 
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By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
1. Village on the Rio Puerco Marker
Inscription. The village on the Rio Puerco (Puerco Pueblo) is a prehistoric settlement built of shaped sandstone blocks by ancestral Puebloan people. It was inhabited between A.D. 1250 and 1380. At its peak the pueblo had over 100 rooms, with a possible population of 200 people. During the villageís occupation, fields of corn, beans, and squash sustained by the summer rains would have filled the riverís floodplain.

Puerco Pueblo was not isolated in space or time. The river provided a travel corridor across the grasslands of the Colorado Plateau. Large and small communities existed up and down the Rio Puerco and Little Colorado River (shown on the map below right). Puerco Pueblo would have been visited by travelers and traders from far outside the ancestral Puebloan cultural area who brought different types of pottery and goods, as well as new ideas to the residents of Puerco (see map below left). Researchers study these types of interactions through the wide variety of artifacts and rock art found in or near the village.

Archeologists have excavated only about a third of the site, some of which has been backfilled to preserve the fragile remnants of walls and floor features. Take a walk past the remnants of masonry walls and imagine the dynamic community that once existed here.
 
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By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
2. Village on the Rio Puerco Marker
Petrified National Forest Services.
 
Location. 34° 58.555′ N, 109° 47.635′ W. Marker is in Holbrook, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker can be reached from Petrified Forest Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Holbrook AZ 86025, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Santa Fe Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); Life in the Village (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Meaning of Place (about 400 feet away); A Canvas for Ideas (about 500 feet away); Whispers from the Past (about 500 feet away); Summer Solstice Marker (about 500 feet away); Newspaper Rock (approx. one mile away); Newspaper Rock Petroglyphs Archeological District (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Holbrook.
 
Categories. Native AmericansNotable BuildingsNotable Places
 
Village on the Rio Puerco Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
3. Village on the Rio Puerco Marker
Diagram Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
4. Diagram Displayed on Marker
Ancestral Puebloan Locations image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
5. Ancestral Puebloan Locations
Village on the Rio Puerco Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
6. Village on the Rio Puerco Ruins
Village on the Rio Puerco Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
7. Village on the Rio Puerco Ruins
National Register of Historic Places Plaquw image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
8. National Register of Historic Places Plaquw
This property
Has Been Listed in the
National Register
of Historic Places

By The United States
Department of the Interior
1976
Puerco Ruin & Petroglyphs
National Register of Historic Places Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
9. National Register of Historic Places Plaque
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 29, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 325 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on September 29, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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