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Turquoise roads and the Anasazi

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Week 12: Early Americans IDs


Turquoise roads and the Anasazi


The Anasazi were an ancient people who lived in what is now the southwestern United States. Today these people are called the Ancient Pueblo Peoples. These people were famous for building pueblos to live in. Pueblos are sandstone/adobe buildings made on the side of cliff walls. The Anasazi were an agricultural people and they raised livestock including turkeys, and grew crops that included corn and cotton. The Anasazi also had a unique style of pottery and a unique art style that is valued to this day. The Anasazi civilization ended around 1300 A.D. when the Anasazi abandoned their land for unknown reasons.


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World Book 2005


The turquoise routes started around 700C.E. Because the routes had no written memoirs’, they had to use anthropologist, archeologist, and mineralogist to reconstruct what and where the routes were. The routes stretched from the rain forest of central American to the deserts of New Mexico. The people had a huge fascination with the turquoise gemstone, and it was about the only thing traded in the routes and that’s how it got its name. The turquoise was not only traded for beauty, it was also traded for religious value. It was used in the ritual sacrifice, along with feathers of tropical birds. Also other good were also traded, like obsidian, shells and pottery.


The peoples of Mesoamerica valued turquoise for its beauty as well as its ritual significance, but it could only be obtained by the Anasazi peoples who lived 1000 miles to the north. In response to the demand by Mesoamerican peoples, the Anasazi devoted significant energy to mining turquoise. Although the evidence is fragmentary, it seems that the Anasazi received exotic birds and feathers, as well as agricultural goods, in return for turquoise. added by Schmidt 11/25 from video transcript




The Video we watched and took notes on and did a Venn Diagram.

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