"This time we focused on a previously undocumented part of the sites belonging to the thirteenth century Pueblo culture settlement complex. Until now, there were only schematic plans made several decades ago for these locations. Our expedition made detailed drawings, photographs, we also used photogrammetry. In addition, at selected sites we used a non-invasive geophysical method" - explained project leader Dr. Radosław Palonka of the Institute of Archaeology of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. The researchers were able to document eight sites.
These studies are very important for determining the actual areas of studies settlements, the remains of which in the form of stone architecture today are mostly seen only in rock niches in the steep canyon walls. The results of archaeologists from Kraków show that the current views on these settlements should be revised.
"Especially geophysical surveys have shown that the extent of settlements in the complex around the Castle Rock Pueblo was not limited only to the interiors of rock niches and alcoves, but a large part of the settlements was outside the rock niches, on the slopes or small flat surfaces. The area of some of them was in fact almost two times larger than the area of ruins visible today" - says Dr. Palonka.