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Casa Rinconada Village

Casa Rinconada can be found on the south side of Chaco Canyon, mere yards or meters off the park main road.  It consists of a main house, several smaller village houses and and a large kiva.

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My first impression of the kiva at Casa Rinconada took me to ancient Rome.  It has two entryways, one at the north end and one at the south end, with stairways descending into a circular pit.

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So my first impression when I looked at this building was; two men enter, one man leaves.  I could have sworn, at first impression, I was looking at thunderdome, or an amphitheater where gladiators would be bashing each other into oblivion.  An impression that changed when I learned this structure had a roof over it.  The roof just doesn’t fit into my sense of an open combat ring, with bloodthirsty spectators cheering on as two men battle each other to the death.

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Instead of a place where gladiators battled each other to the death, the place has a religious purpose known to the Ancient Pueblo people and, perhaps, kept secret by the modern-day Navajo people.

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