"They Chacoans were one of North America’s earliest complex societies, but archaeologists still aren’t sure why they disappeared—climate change and drought are leading theories. Apart from their mysterious disappearance, archaeologists have long sought to understand how Chacoan society was organized. "
Greg Child's in "House of Rain" makes a very compelling case that there is no mystery to their "disappearance".
Craig Childs House of Rain
Likewise with Chacoan trade. Child's makes some interesting connections with a much broader and more complex society and trade system in pre-euro invasion SW America. From the comments section of the article:
I'd just like to know where they got the conch shell trumpets and abalone shells. I didn't think there were any oceans around New Mexico in the 1100's.
Hibernia86 Small_Businessman • 16 hours ago
If Europe and Asia can have the silk road, then I'm sure they could have set up something in New Mexico as well for trade.
Small_Businessman Hibernia86 • 15 hours ago
Yes, that's possible. However, the only mention of trade is with nearby populations. It would take a lot of trade to get to the ocean.
Also, the Asians at this time were much more mobile and trade oriented than the people of the U.S. southwest at the time. It just seems unusual to me to have that many conch and abalone shells hundreds of miles from the nearest salt water. They must have been worth a fortune (as was silk).
And to repeat the point I tried to make in my opening post, the "Chaco Meridian" aligns directly with Graham Hancock's ideas on a global grid system, which in this case runs from Easter Island right through all of the Chacoan major centers and on up to the Big Horn Medicine Wheel.
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