Thursday December 14, 2017
1230 – 1330 ET
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Join us to uncover the mystery! Discover the story of the northwest New Mexico site, perhaps the only site in the world constructed in an elaborate pattern that mirrors the yearly cycle of the sun and the 19-year cycle of the moon. Narrated by Robert Redford. The Mystery of Chaco Canyon airs at XX on XX. (photo/link)
How did an ancient civilization, with no known written language, arrange its buildings into a virtual celestial calendar, spanning an area roughly the size of Ohio? A new explanation of the mystery is emerging. Watch to uncover the secrets on The Mystery of Chaco Canyon, airing on XX at XX. (photo/link)
Chaco Canyon in northern New Mexico was once thought to be an ancient trading center, but then archaeologists began to uncover its celestial connection, with extraordinary astronomical alignments. Uncover the secrets on XX at XX on The Mystery of Chaco Canyon. (photo/link)
A new explanation of the mystery is emerging. Learn about Chaco Canyon, perhaps the only site in the world constructed in an elaborate pattern that mirrors the yearly cycle of the sun and the 19-year cycle of the moon. Watch The Mystery of Chaco Canyon on XX at XX. (photo)
How did an ancient civilization, w/ no known written language, arrange its buildings into a virtual celestial calendar, spanning an area roughly the size of Ohio? Watch The Mystery of Chaco Canyon on XX at XX. (photo)
Join us for the newly remastered film uncovering the secrets of Chaco Canyon, perhaps the only ancient site in the world that mirrors the yearly cycle of the sun & the 19yr cycle of the moon. Narrated by Robert Redford. Watch the Mystery of Chaco Canyon on XX at XX. (photo)
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Program offer details:
The Mystery of Chaco Canyon
# of Episodes:
Unlimited 3 years
Short Program Description:
Explore how New Mexico’s Chacoan people expressed a complex solar and lunar cosmology in their architecture.
Long Program Description:
Chaco Canyon, located in northwest New Mexico, is perhaps the only site in the world constructed in an elaborate pattern that mirrors the yearly cycle of the sun and the 19-year cycle of the moon. How did an ancient civilization, with no known written language, arrange its buildings into a virtual celestial calendar, spanning an area roughly the size of Ireland? Why did this society, ancestors of today's Pueblo Indians, choose to establish the center of their world in the middle of such an arid, barren land? And why, after constructing buildings the size of the Roman Coliseum, did these same people deliberately seal them and abruptly leave? These enigmas have puzzled archaeologists for centuries. This program presents substantial evidence that the Chacoan people expressed a complex solar and lunar cosmology in their magnificent architecture. The discoveries documented in the film have transformed scientific understanding of this site -- one of the most elaborate and mysterious of ancient Native-American ruins -- and are revolutionizing perceptions of the Chacoan civilization. Robert Redford narrates.
HD Upconverted Base
The Solstice Project
Nature of Producing Organization:
New Mexico PBS/KNME
Previous Public TV Distribution from 2000 – 2009
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Thursday, December 7 at 7pm (reception starts at 6pm)
The Hibben Center Auditorium at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
500 University Blvd NE
Free parking is available on the NW corner of Central and University Blvd.
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National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC)
1701 4th Street, SW
Free ticketed event - tickets available one hour before show
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