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Yet a few miles further east of Ranchos de Taos is Pot Creek, site of the largest prehistoric adobe pueblo north of Santa Fe.  About 700 years ago, Pot Creek Pueblo was home to nearly a thousand ancestral Puebloan peoples.  The site consistso f numerous mounds surrounding at least one large plaza area with a great kiva.  Each mound holds a room block, and each room block area surrounds a small plaza..and each of these small plazas holds a small kiva-a circular subterranean structure used for religious and social gatherings.  Presumably, the great kiva was the primary ritual structure for the community as a whole.  Abandoned in AD 1320, it is believed the inhabitants moved to settlements contiguous to the modern settlements at Taos Pueblo and Picuris Pueblo.  The majority of this prehistoric pueblo lies on private land owned by Southern Methodist University, but there is a smattering of homes visible through the thick  pin forest, clearly private living, but not far from civilization!

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Listing information last updated on November 18th, 2018 at 11:17am EST.