"Casa Rinconada Great Kiva" Chaco Culture National Historical Park Things to Do Tip by AlbuqRay
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Casa Rinconada is an isolated great kiva located on top of a ridge on the southern side of the canyon directly across from Pueblo Bonito. It is located within a cluster of small house sites. Two of the closest are Bc 58, 290 feet (85 m) to the northeast, and Bc 50, 290 feet (85 m) to the east. Although the great kiva is not associated with a great house, there are a group of masonry rooms attached to the perimeter, including a one-room antechamber to the south and an antechamber and three to six connected rooms to the north. A few additional rooms also are attached on the east and west, possibly indicating a series of rooms that originally encircled the kiva.
Casa Rinconada has an average interior diameter of 63 feet (19.2 m). It contains all features generally associated with great kivas including a firebox, an inner bench, four large seating pits that served as roof supports, two masonry vaults/foot drums, and 34 niches encircling the great kiva. In addition, the kiva includes a 39 foot (12 m) underground passage, three feet deep and almost three feet wide, entering the room from the northern antechamber. The underground passage would have allowed Chacoans, perhaps ritual specialists, to enter the great kiva unseen and then suddenly emerge. See also a travelogue, Scenes at Casa Rinconada Great Kiva.
Directions: On the south side of the Chaco Canyon loop road
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