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Untold Stories of Chaco Canyon


The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Presents

Untold Stories of Chaco Canyon

with Santa Fe Author Anna Sofaer of the Solstice Project

"Revealing Untold Told Stories of Chaco Canyon: Archaeocosmology"
with Anna Sofaer

at The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science
December 12th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 



For Immediate Release: December 5, 2019 (Albuquerque, New Mexico) The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science will present “Revealing Untold Told Stories of Chaco Canyon: Archaeocosmology” on December 12th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Author Anna Sofaer, and researchers Richard Friedman and Robert Weiner will discuss their latest findings on the Chaco Culture.

The research team uses new three-dimensional computer modeling to examine the complex developments of Pueblo Bonito (considered the most important ritual center in Chaco Canyon). Pueblo Bonito’s intriguing geometric formations united with its solar alignments show the vast mathematical, architectural and astronomical knowledge of the Chacoans.

Pueblo Bonito, the largest house in Chaco Culture National Historic Park had up to 800 rooms built up to four stories using solar alignments. It was built and rebuilt over a span of 300 years. The structure was built by Ancestral Puebloans between 828 and 1126 AD. Items such as copper bells, scarlet macaws, gambling pieces and cacao, reveal rich ceremonial activity in Pueblo Bonito.

The latest research opens a wider window on the American Southwest with comparisons to cosmology centers around the ancient world. The new research uses LiDAR technology to document the enigmatic Chaco “roads” which connect the Great Houses with Great Kivas.

The lecture at the Museum will discuss astronomy’s importance to the Chaco culture as well as unique objects found at the site. The themes and illustrations presented in this talk also form the core of the Solstice Project’s new film in progress: “Pueblo Bonito: Heart of the Chaco World.” The Solstice Project’s earlier films directed by Anna Sofaer, include “The Mystery of Chaco Canyon” and “The Sun Dagger” (broadcast by PBS and narrated by Robert Redford.) For more information visit

Videos and signed books from expert Anna Sofaer will be available for purchase on the evening of the event. The Museum’s one-of-a-kind exhibit on the Sun Dagger (produced by the Solstice Project) will be open for viewing in the Space Science wing.

Tickets are $8 for the general public, $7 for Museum members, and $5 for students. Preregistration is encouraged. Visit for tickets and more details.

(Anna Sofaer rediscovered the Sun Dagger in Chaco Canyon. Her non-profit Solstice Project focuses on research and education of the Chaco culture. Richard Friedman is an expert in GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and has integrated aerial technologies with ground surveying. Robert Weiner, PhD. is a student at the University of Colorado Boulder and has focused his research on Chacoan roads and Mesoamerican objects from Chaco Canyon.)


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Annual Letter from the Solstice Project

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In honor of the Summer Solstice, NM PBS (KNME-TV) will rebroadcast our award-winning film, "The Mystery of Chaco Canyon" on Thursday, June 17 at 7 pm (MT).

Since its release in 2000, the film has aired more than 10,000 times on 95% of PBS stations across the country.

We're thrilled to announce that our award-winning film, "The Mystery of Chaco Canyon" is now streaming on Amazon Prime at this link:

In addition, you can now purchase the DVD of our full-length documentary, narrated by Robert Redford, on Amazon. Here's the link:



Annual Letter from the Solstice Project

Dear Friend,

Alonso Mendexa and Ann SofaerWith great thanks for your continuing interest and support, we wish to share the exciting progress of our new film Written on the Landscape: Mysteries Beyond Chaco Canyon, and the results of our recent research in the greater Chaco World.

For details, please see our Annual Letter by clicking the image here, to the right.

You will view our innovative modeling and animation of the monumental Chaco buildings and go on an in depth journey into Pueblo Bonito, a building on a par with temple architecture of the ancient world. With these new technologies, our film draws out the remarkable complexity of the Chaco World and its vast expanse across the Four Corners. Media/2021/Annual Letter Html E3ae345ef5557dc0/Annual_Letter_Html_E3ae345ef5557dc0.pngWe explore the stimulating impact of Mesoamerican objects in the inner precinct of Bonito and learn from parallel developments in the wider Mesoamerican region of solar and lunar astronomy.

In our recent interviews and field work we have gained insights into the intensity of the ritual lives of the ancient Chacoans and perceptions of their skills of mapping an immense desert terrain with their intricate cosmology.

Our efforts continue to protect the Chaco legacy, and to share its beauty and accomplishments through our films and papers. Look for a rebroadcast by KNME at summer solstice of our last film The Mystery of Chaco Canyon.

Your support is vital to our work. Please send your tax deductible contributions by clicking here, or mailing a check to our address below. You can follow us on Facebook for current news at, you can also follow the page for our new move at!


Anna Sofaer
Founder and President
Solstice Project


Our Research Continues in the Wider Chaco World…

Rob Weiner, John Stein, and Rich Friedman at Kin Nizhoni Great House, AZ, perusing Rob’s Ph.D. dissertation research on Chaco Roads.