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Puerco Ruin and Petroglyphs, Arizona
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 34° 58.470 W 109° 47.606
12S E 610138 N 3870880
Quick Description: Ruins of a Native American pueblo and some of the best preserved petroglyphs in Arizona
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 1/11/2007 8:16:01 AM
Waymark Code: WM14DT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 89

Long Description:
Puerco Ruin is a partially excavated rectangular pueblo of 76 rooms built around a large plaza. Some of the buildings may have stood two stories high. Here, at the largest of Petrified Forest National Park’s many archeological sites, researchers have found evidence of human occupation from about A.D. 1250 to A.D. 1380.

This area supported a small farming community of perhaps 60-75 inhabitants, possible due of its proximity to the then-flowing Puerco River. Puerco Pueblo straddled the cultural frontier between the Mogollon / Zuni people of the mountains to the north and the Anasazi / Hopi people of the mesas and canyons to the north. Artefacts found during excavations revealed that the inhabitants of Puerco Pueblo had contacts with both groups.


For details on the petroglyphs, check the Puerco Petroglyphs waymark.

Interestingly, the ruin was first excavated by John Muir, more often known as a naturalist than an archaeologist, in 1905 and 1906.

County / Borough / Parish: Apache

Year listed: 1976

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Largest archeological site in Petrified Forest National Park

Periods of significance: 1250-1380

Historic function: Pueblo

Current function: National Park

Privately owned?: no

Season start / Season finish: From: 1/1/2007 To: 12/31/2007

Hours of operation: From: 8:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 2: [Web Link]

Street address: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Please give the date and brief account of your visit. Include any additional observations or information that you may have, particularly about the current condition of the site. Additional photos are highly encouraged, but not mandatory.
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