Here and Gone
Just a couple snaps from an unknown New Mexico ruin: it’s always fairly mind-blowing to look at empty, dessicated landscapes in the southwest and know that civilization once was here. This ruin doesn’t look like much. It’s never been thoroughly excavated, only a few test spots have been dug, one of which revealed the walls of the room above. But this was a big one, two stories and something like 250 rooms, with numerous kivas. It’s further south than you might expect, a little outside the area most people think of when contemplating Pueblo archeology. It’s also thought that it was inhabited until a while after the Spanish entrada.
Over-publicizing locations is often a potential moral dilemma in landscape photography, and much more so when archeology is involved. I know of this site only due to local contacts, including the designated caretakers. But though it’s almost completely unknown, it’s also distressingly accessible. I’ve therefore chosen to pass on posting the more dramatic angles on the site, because they contain features that would allow someone sufficiently familiar with New Mexico geography (like a pot hunter) to get a pretty good idea of the location. But I think someone would have to nearly psychic to identify the juniper hills (New Mexico’s landscape default setting) in the background above. And it might even look pretty good if I can make it back in decent light!