South Mesa Loop

Nageezi, New Mexico 87037

South Mesa Loop

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"South Mesa and South Gap—a wide break in the south wall of Chaco Canyon —played a central role in the Chaco communication system, a complex series of line-of-sight connections between villages. The largest pueblos were probably sited near the South Gap due to the ease of travel through the gap into the canyon.

A signal station near South Gap provided a visual link between Pueblo Alto and Pueblo Bonito. Perhaps no other village demonstrates the importance of the line-of-sight concept as well as Tsin Kletzin. Move the location of the town a hundred yards in any direction and visual connections with other Chaco sites are lost."

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Dec 2018