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The Anasazi who were named by the Navajos knew how to chart the seasons by observing the sky The biggest mystery of Chaco Canyon is why the Anasazidecided to leave the home that they had built over so many years the one thing that is quite interesting is that they were able to construct such a magnificent piece of architecture without the use of metal tools or any devices with wheels CHIMNEY ROCK Chimney Rock is located about 20 miles west of Pagosa Springs Colorado The construction is composed mainly of sandstone which was laid there more than 65 million years ago The district that Chimney Rock is located in consists of 612 square miles has 91 identified areas with a total of 217 different structures Most of these areas were grouped into 7 communities that are located at various places within the district The Anasazi Indians lived in the Piedra Valley beginning about the tine of Christ Most of them lives at lower elevations near the fields and they farmed along the water beds but some moved up onto the higher parts of Chimney Rock Mesa around 925 AD They may have moved higher to avoid the cold sink effect that made the lower areas colder in the winter or they may have moved higher to utilize winter snow as a water source Still most of the fields they planted in spring were along the waterways on the floor of the valley or on terraces in the valleys above the river At Chimney Rock the people grew corn and beams but no squash Although squash was a mainstay of their people in other areas the growing season was probably too short in this region for squash to mature before it was killed by frost The population of Chimney Rock is estimated to have been between 1200 and 2000 people The local
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