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Casas Grandes (Mexico)

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Casas Grandes plain ware effigy with closed eyes, Casas Grandes, AD 1200-1450

Casas Grandes plain ware effigy with closed eyes, Casas Grandes, AD 1200-1450.

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture / Laboratory of Anthropology, 8335/11. Photographer: Blair Clark.
Definition: Casas Grandes (or Paquimé) was a large, influential capital city of the Casas Grandes polity in the state of Chihuahua, northern Mexico, considered the third great regional state (the others are Aztec and Toltec) of the American southwest, from about AD 1150-1450. The site of Paquimé is also the largest pueblo known in the US southwest and Mexico, including more than 2000 rooms.

Sources

More detailed information on the site may be found in the article called Paquimé: Between Toltec and Aztec.

A brief bibliography on Casas Grandes was constructed for the article.

This glossary entry is part of the Dictionary of Archaeology.

Also Known As: Paquimé, Nuevo Casas Grandes

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