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  • Pueblo (Julie Nicoletta)

The reconstructed pueblo represents the prominent building type of the second Anasazi period, that of the Puebloans (A.D. 600–1150). The pueblo contains attached one-story houses and storage rooms of varying heights arranged in a semicircle. The CCC constructed it on Anasazi foundations dating from A.D. c. 1000, which were uncovered during excavations east of the museum building. Layers of adobe mud plaster over a wood and brush understructure, with irregularly shaped boulders inserted into the masses of adobe at random, make up the walls, which are 12 to 24 inches thick. Flat slabs of sandstone top the parapets. Vigas project through the walls, revealing the roof structure of the building. Rough-hewn logs form the vertical supports and lintels of the openings. Steps lead down from the entrances into the rooms. The earthen floors of the rooms are sunk below the ground at depths of 1 to 2 feet. The interior finish of the walls is rough stucco, like that of the exterior walls. Narrow latías laid close together on the vigas form the interior ceilings.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Pueblo", [Moapa Valley, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 247-247.

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