Please order under Home Video. Narrated by Robert Redford. Although archaeological theories about Chaco culture are plentiful, they are often contradictory. The architects of the ancient Chaco world were the ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians, known today as the Anasazi a modern Navajo Indian word translated roughly as "the Ancient Ones".
Well-paced and absorbing, simultaneously poetic and analytical, this film provides a new benchmark of understanding for serious studies of ancestral-Pueblo astronomy and culture. Landscape, directions, sun and moon, and movement of shadow and light were used by the Chacoan builders to unite with a cosmic order.
The Mystery of Chaco Canyon interweaves a narrative that is both attentive to indigenous thought and values, and robustly grounded in the rigors of scientific method.
The film reveals that between and AD, the Chacoan people designed and constructed massive ceremonial buildings in a complex celestial pattern throughout a vast desert region.
However, new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has drawn this perspective into question. The PBS premiere of The Mystery of Chaco Canyon was in Summer and garnered significantly higher ratings in most markets and exceptional ratings in the markets listed below.
Source: BigStockPhoto "There is no direct evidence for human impacts on local woodlands during the Bonito Phase [the period of high construction from AD to ], no indication that agricultural fields were destroyed by deforestation or any other process, and, surprisingly, no conclusive information about the amount and sources of archaeological wood," write the researchers in their report.