The Mystery of Chaco Canyon
The American Southwest is a land of mystery and one of its most mysterious corners is Chaco Canyon. Archaeologists puzzle over a hundred mysteries involving Chaco and can’t even agree as to what these mysteries are. It all depends on your point of beginning. After writing about Chaco’s mysteries, it occurred to me that the general public might have no idea what these are or might be unfamiliar with the wider mysteries of the Southwest.
Here is an explanation of the mysteries that impacted on the Mystery of Chaco Canyon including those from the East Coast of the United States, Scotland and the Holy Land. The mysteries are real, their explanations imaginative.
I have directed your attention to sources on the Internet. Do not be surprised if they do not agree completely with my summaries or with each other. People find mystery at the edge of science. Answering these mysteries is the legitimate pursuit of the scholar, but not all those working on the fringe are scholars. Some are kooks. On the other hand, those settled in to the comfort of the status quo don’t want to experience the new and amazing even when the exploration is legitimate and conducted in a scholarly manner. Read of the mysteries of Chaco Canyon and you’ll find that the scholars agree on very little. These are the legitimate, fully vetted, published, respected scholars working from important universities, not the kooks.
On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, I am a scholar of history and historical archaeology, though naturally drawn to the leading edge where new ideas are fodder. I try to test theories scientifically employing Occam’s Razor – “Where two theories equally account for all the facts, select the most elegant solution.” The rest of the week I’m a novelist and wouldn’t want an elegant solution to get in the way of a good story.
The Ten Commandments and the Name of God are carved on a rock outside of Albuquerque in ancient Hebrew. No one knows who put them there. The dialect and writing style was unknown when the rock was discovered. The ‘elegant’ solution ignores the evidence of great antiquity assuming that Israelites could not have done the carving so it must be a forgery. But what if we accept the evidence of great antiquity? Never let comfortable assumptions get in the way.
- Acoma, the Sky City, and the Pueblos
- Casas Grandes, Mexico, and the Chaco Meridian
- Chaco Canyon, New Mexico
- Chimney Rock, Colorado
- Danites of the Wild West
- Grand Canyon Mysteries, Arizona
- Los Lunas Decalogue Stone, New Mexico
- Padre Antonio Jose Martinez and the Penitentes
- Santuario de Chimayo, New Mexico
- Treasure Falls, Colorado
Beyond the Southwest
- Knights of the Golden Circle
- Knights Templar
- Newport Mystery Tower
- Westford Knight
- Rosslyn Chapel
- Treasures of Israel
- Tribe of Dan