Have you checked out the BLM’s Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and Anasazi Heritage Center’s Facebook page?
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in southwestern Colorado contains a huge number of archaeological sites— more than 6000 recorded so far, and up to 100 per square mile in some places— representing Ancestral Puebloan and other Native American cultures. The Monument is managed as an integral cultural landscape containing a wealth of historic and environmental resources.
The Anasazi Heritage Center is the headquarters for Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. It is also a museum of the Ancestral Puebloan (or Anasazi) culture and other Native cultures in the Four Corners region.
The facebook page regularly posts historical and cultural artifacts from the museum and field, including an artifact of the week. This week’s artifact is the Yucca Knot, pictured above.
Although it doesn’t look like much, this week’s artifact would have helped Ancestral Puebloans to hunt. The knotted yucca is actually a snare used for catching small game such as rabbits or squirrels. You can see this artifact and learn more about prehistoric hunting by visiting our Hunting and Gathering case in the museum’s main exhibit gallery.
Visit the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and Anasazi Heritage Center’s Facebook page to see more!