Chaco Culture



CountryUnited States of America
UNESCO RegionEurope and North America
LocationNew Mexico
CoordinatesN36 3 49.6 W107 58 15
Inscription Date1987
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
Unesco Reference Number353
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/353
State of Conservation Reporthttp://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=353
DescriptionFor over 2,000 years, Pueblo peoples occupied a vast region of the south-western United States. Chaco Canyon, a major centre of ancestral Pueblo culture between 850 and 1250, was a focus for ceremonials, trade and political activity for the prehistoric Four Corners area. Chaco is remarkable for its monumental public and ceremonial buildings and its distinctive architecture – it has an ancient urban ceremonial centre that is unlike anything constructed before or since. In addition to the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, the World Heritage property includes the Aztec Ruins National Monument and several smaller Chaco sites managed by the Bureau of Land Management.
StatusWorld Heritage Site