Aztec Ruins National Monument,Aztec New Mexico

For those who don’t know(I didn’t), Aztec is near Farmington in the Four Corners area.

The monument boasts a reconstructed Kiva which I have a photo of.

Below is information from the National Park service web site.

Near Aztec, New Mexico over 1,000 years ago, Ancestral Pueblo people constructed a large planned community that served their society for over two centuries. Aztec Ruins National Monument, which is part of the Chaco Culture National Historical Park World Heritage Site, preserves the remains of this well planned community, which is the largest Ancestral Puebloan community in the Animas River Valley. While the Ancestral Pueblo people are responsible for the construction of this site, the ruins received their name when early European settlers mistakenly attributed the ruins to the Aztecs of Mexico. A visit to the park provides not only a glimpse into the lives of Ancestral Pueblo people but also a place to connect with the cultural heritage of American Indians today.

These photos were taken the last two days in March.

The Reconstructed Kiva:

My Husband at the entrance

More to come…Stay tuned!



Author: Ancientfoods

Welcome, Let my tell you a little about myself. I am a chef, artisan bread baker, ancient food historian, food archaeologist, and writer. Although that sounds like quite a mouthful, I guess it’s all about a love of history and food. The person I credit for getting me started in all of this was my stepfather William Marr (or as my husband likes to call him “Wild Bill”) He was a jack of trades type, a prospector, chef and wild west historian. It must have been those tales of his almost finding the legendary Lost Dutchman gold mine sandwiched between cooking lessons that did it. Years after “Wild Bill” died I discovered I also had a grandfather that was a master baker. Although I never had a chance to meet my grandfather, I find I am influenced in my bread baking by his memory. My husband too lends his influence by his encouragement and push and belief in me. He’s also an archaeologist which I guess I might have been but since my passion is food-well nutritional archaeology just seemed the best fit. I’m a curious sort of person, the kind that wants to know where something (like avocado’s or pomegranates) came from. I like to imagine just how that first piece of raw meat got dropped into the fire and what was the reaction when it was fished out? Was it tossed aside as being no good or was it eaten and the notion spread everywhere and just how long did that take? I recreate ancient bread and food recipes and I am also writing a cookbook featuring Egyptian cuisine of the past. As a chef I have taught classes featuring Southwest and Italian cuisine and as a baker I have taught artisan bread classes. Since 2009 I have also started creating Mead, that most ancient of drinks.

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