• Discuss Chimney Rock (Finger Rocks in the story). Why was the village located on such a high ridge top when it would have been more convenient to be located closer to water, farm fields, etc.?
  • The place was probably important ceremonially because of the 18.6-year moonrise phenomena between the spires and its coincidence with the winter solstice, when the rising sun has reached its most southern point on the horizon. One student shares a theory that the Chimney Rock village served as a labor camp for men who toiled in the woods cutting timber to be used in the construction of the Chaco Canyon pueblos to the south.


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