SAPAWE PUEBLO

Chama Valley of New Mexico
(You are looking straight down from the aircraft at the buried town)

Use the trees and road at the bottom of this photo to get an idea of scale, of the great size of this buried prehistoric pueblo in the Chama Valley of north-central New Mexico.

Although grass, brush, and tress grow all around the mounds of the buried town, no vegetation grows over the walls and roomblocks themselves, creating a strong visual contrast and making the layout of the town obvious to the aerial observer.

Note in the center of the plaza, in lower left center of the photo, the faint round trace of the kiva, the town's semi-subterranean ceremonial chamber.

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