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Donaldson 1 Architectural Window of the Past Ryan Andrew Donaldson Professor Barbara Mills- ANTH 205 April 20, 2006
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Donaldson 2 Architectural Window of the Past Early Pueblo architecture was anything but a simple shelter for the people of the  ancient southwest.  Critical planning, thinking, and constructing went into the  architecture that many archaeologists have excavated and linked to the Pueblo era.  Following the life line of the settlement patterns in the four corners area, we see a  diverse evolution of village content, and structural pattern.  Thereafter was a legacy of  sophisticated builders paving their way through history.  The Pueblo I period began  around AD 700, where their houses went from subterranean to above ground  structures.  This was a sign that a new era in architecture had began. This was followed  by three other major demographic shifts starting the Pueblo period where villages went  from establishing themselves on mesa tops down to the canyons,  Pueblo tribes went  from smaller sites, to much larger sites, and from dispersed villages, to aggregated and  denser settlements.  Changes were a constant commodity whether it was adding 
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Donaldson 3 something new, or taking away something old, these people created new ways to  advance their constructional elements.  The architectural shifts made by those  occupants of the four corners region illustrate how the pit house to pueblo transition  held so much evidence for numerous opportunities to learn as much as potentially  possible about the villages and societies that once thrived in the southwest United  States. Archaeologists use the excavated pueblo architectural trends and variations to  uncover the stories behind the structures themselves.  After many years of experience  and excavations, scientists can infer certain facts when observing a structure such as a  pit house or a kiva.  Based on excavated sites around the pueblo area there have been  a number of recorded changes in village life as time went on.  Technology improved as  pit houses faded out as the style for the primary habituation room, while above ground  households took their place.  This was a symbol of technological advancement because  the surface structures were better built, were more sturdy, and indicated a new era was  on the horizon. We know these people were somewhat advanced due to their five 
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