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This ancient society passed power down from woman to woman

The evidence lies in a Chaco Canyon crypt
Remnants of the Chaco Canyon

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Remnants of the Chaco Canyon great houses are preserved today in Chaco Culture National Historic Park.

In a colossal 650-room structure built over a millennia ago in present-day New Mexico, women ruled.

This stone structure—dubbed Pueblo Bonito—is the largest of the “great houses” the Puebloan people constructed in Chaco Canyon, beginning around 800 A.D. Inside, one curious room was not meant for the living. It served as an

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