About Chaco Canyon
Anyone interested in history will be fascinated by the story of Chaco Canyon, located in the Northwest corner of New Mexico. Remote and hard to access, it receives less than 10% of the visitors of Mesa Verde National Park, 90 miles away. And while Mesa Verde is a well restored example of Anasazi architecture, the crest of the Anasazi wave was 150 years earlier, in Chaco Canyon. This story is the subject of the book “Anasazi of Chaco Canyon” by Kyle Widner.
The research for the book spawned the idea for a Chaco Canyon based computer simulation. Collaborating with 3D artist Nic Chancellor, all 14 major Chacoan buildings have been faithfully re-constructed for use within the simulation.
Virtual Archaeology in 3D
To unlock the secrets of Chaco Canyon, you'll need to excavate the Great Houses, and find realistic Anasazi artifacts and objects. With each discovery, you'll reveal more of the mystery.
Fun, entertaining, and highly educational for the entire family. No violence or controversial material, suitable for all ages.
Includes English, German, French, and Spanish versions.
The Amazing "Sun Dagger"
The Sun Dagger is a remarkable celestial calendar of the Anasazi, aka "Ancestral Pueblo Indians". Research by the Solstice Project has show that the Chaco culture's ceremonial architecture was built to align with the cycles of the sun and moon. The Sun Dagger is a remarkably accurate pre-historic calendar that tracks solstices, the equinox, and a subtle 18.6 year cycle of the moon.
This would have been extremely important for agriculture (planting, harvesting) and ceremonial events.
This program has a working 3D model of the Sun Dagger. Simply put in any date and time, and see how the play of light and shadows appeared!