Paquime Mexico, Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Paquime Ruin
Paquime Mexico, Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Paquime Ruin Site is called Casas Grandes for the large houses found by the first Spanish visitors. The large settlement of adobe buildings was abandoned 100 years before the Spanish arrived.
Paquime is also called Casas Grandes similar to the nearby town of the same name.
Casas Grandes (Great Houses) is located 35 miles south of Janos and 150 northwest of Chihuahua. This is an area about 100 miles south of the US Border.
First class buses stop at the town of Nuevo Casas Grandes and from there you can take a 70 pesos cab ride to Viejo Casas Grandes where the ruin and museum is located. Local bus service also makes the trip.
Pequime was built beginning around 1130 AD and enlarged in the 14th Century by the Mogollon Culture according to some researchers. The settlement had ties to the Arizona Hohokam Culture and the Anasazi Culture of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado.
In the mid 1300s Paquime consisted of multi-story dwelling of adobe and stone, primarily sun baked adobe that had been built up by hand. The influence from Mesoamerica to the south is evident in the pottery and in the vestiges of three Mesoamerican-style ball courts, one an I-shaped court.
Paquime manufactured ceramic trade goods that have been found in the southwestern United States as far north as Colorado. They also manufactured copper bells, shell trade goods, and turquoise jewelry.
Paquime had extensive reservoir systems for water storage and delivery still evident on the surface and sewer systems below ground to remove waste.
Researchers estimate that 2500 people once lived at Pequime before the settlement was abandoned in the 1400s about one hundred years before the Spanish arrived in Mexico. (1519)
Paquime Ruin Site, Chihuahua State has yielded pottery that shows influence from both the pueblo cultures of the southwest Rio Grande and the cultures to the south in Mesoamerica.
Pequime, commonly called Casas Grandes, is located 150 miles north of the City of Chihuahua. Pottery was traded from the 10th Century settlement of Paquime on the trade routes to the north and south.
Paquime Ruin site Mexico is also called Casas Grandes after the multi story houses found by the first Spanish to visit the area. The large settlement of adobe buildings was abandoned 100 years before the Spanish arrived.
The residents of Paquime raised birds in cages within the complex, possibly the scarlet Macaw and the domestic turkey. The large settlement of adobe buildings was abandoned 100 years before the Spanish arrived. Early Spanish settlers found multi-story houses still standing, thus the name Casas Grandes.
Paquime or Casas Grandes looked much like a New Mexico pueblo site during its building stages in the 14th Century as this model in the Paquime museum shows.
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