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‘Leaving more than footprints’: modern votive offerings at Chaco Canyon prehistoric site

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2015

Christine Finn
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Institute of Archaeology, 36 Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PG, England. Email: christine.finn@queens.ox.ac.uk
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A ‘heritage manager’ who wishes a quiet and an orderly life may hope their heritage place is culturally dead; whatever meaning it once had, now it is an archaeological site, an ancient monument, a tourist attraction. But many sites are not dead. Chaco Canyon, the celebrated complex in the desert of the US Southwest, is of continuing value to Native Americans of its region; and the place has become a focus for New Age ceremony — itself in part inspired by Native American knowledge.

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