Casas Grandes Paquime

Art in Adobe
Declared World Heritage in 1997

Casas Grandes is the most impcasas grandes paquime / Photo by Mauricio Ramosortant archaeological zone of the northern part of the country in Chihuahua, Mexico, also known as Paquime.

Casas Grandes is found in a valley without vegetation on a surface of more than 50 hectares; its buildings and ceremonial monuments were constructed with clay using a system of percolated mud.

Our curiosity is immediately aroused by the small,
T-shaped doors; we don't know if they were made this way for security or for ceremonial purposes.

casas grandes paquime / Photo by Mauricio Ramos

Aside from the living area, another unusual feature of this site, compared to others in the region, is the presence of a ceremonial center, a funeral mound, various ball courts and El Monticulo de la Cruz, a small hill with the cardinal points of the compass sculpted in raised adobe, showing the customary variation of 11 degrees from Magnetic North.

Beautiful ceramics with geometric patterns that were found on Paquime are currently on display at the museum, designed by the renowned architect Mario Schetinan, who won an international prize for its harmonious integration with the landscape.

Near Casas Grandes you can visit the Cueva de la Olla, where human rests and paintings were found.

You can fish in the Casas Grandes River and in several dams located there.

Some information from the magazine Vuelo year VI number 69 October 1999 / Olaga Cano

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