Archaeological Zone of Paquimé, Casas Grandes

UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationMunicipality of Casas Grandes, State of Chihuahua
CoordinatesN30 22 32.988 W107 57 20.016
Inscription Date1998
Property (ha)147
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
Unesco Reference Number560
DescriptionPaquimé, Casas Grandes, which reached its apogee in the 14th and 15th centuries, played a key role in trade and cultural contacts between the Pueblo culture of the south-western United States and northern Mexico and the more advanced civilizations of Mesoamerica. The extensive remains, only part of which have been excavated, are clear evidence of the vitality of a culture which was perfectly adapted to its physical and economic environment, but which suddenly vanished at the time of the Spanish Conquest.
StatusWorld Heritage Site