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

Life in the Village

 
 
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By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
1. Life in the Village Marker
Inscription. Did you notice where the trail passed over the faint outlines of the rooms? Over 100 rooms formed a one-story apartment complex surrounding a central plaza in the village. The building materials for the pueblo were blocks of native sandstone, shaped by hand, and mortared together with mud. The exterior and interior walls were finished with plaster.

The structures above ground served as living quarters and storage rooms. There were also several subterranean rooms, or kivas, such as the one behind you. Kivas are ceremonial and religious structures. These likely had flat roofs with a square entrance, fresh air was drawn through a small ventilation shaft.

The plaza was the center of activity in the village. By examining artifacts and structures found at Puerco Pueblo and their context, researchers are able to reconstruct the daily life of its inhabitants. Everyday tasks such as the preparation of food or the manufacture of tools, pottery, and baskets occurred in this space. In addition, ceremonial activities took place within these walls that tied the community of Puerco to their ancestors and to their neighbors in the region.
 
Erected by Petrified National Forest Services.
 
Location. 34° 58.507′ N, 109° 
Life in the Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
2. Life in the Village Marker
47.646′ 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 walking distance of this marker. Meaning of Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Whispers from the Past (within shouting distance of this marker); A Canvas for Ideas (within shouting distance of this marker); Village on the Rio Puerco (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Summer Solstice Marker (about 300 feet away); Santa Fe Railroad (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
 
Life in the Village Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
3. Life in the Village Marker
Artifacts Found at the Site image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
4. Artifacts Found at the Site
Image Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
5. Image Displayed on Marker
Puerco Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
6. Puerco Ruins
Puerco Ruins image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
7. Puerco Ruins
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By Denise Boose, September 2, 2013
8. Puerco Ruins
 
 
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 297 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 29, 2013, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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