The Salmon Pueblo Archaeological Research Collection (SPARC) is an ongoing project and online resource that allows users to search over 140,500 records including approximately 13,000 photographs, 29,000 documents, and 24 data tables with information on particular artifact types, such as ceramics vessels, ornaments, and bone tools. These records were compiled during the comprehensive excavations of the Salmon Pueblo led by the late archaeologist Dr. Cynthia Irwin-Williams. SPARC notes that, thanks to Dr. Irwin-Williams and others, the Salmon Pueblo "...is the only Chacoan great house in the American Southwest to be comprehensively excavated in the last 40 years. "
(Photo by Kate Fallucca, 2007)
SPARC's goal is to "...enhance access to archaeological research on Chaco Canyon, New Mexico..." which includes not only the ruins within Chaco Canyon National Historic Park proper, but also those of the Salmon Pueblo some 45 miles distant and the ancient Puebloan roads that connected them. SPARC's work is especially important today, because all these ancient roads and structures - nonrenewable resources in and of themselves - are under threat of destruction from drilling by corporate interests in the extraction industry.
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