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San Marcos Pueblo

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The Galisteo Basin, just east of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is home to thousands of years of human occupation and was the site of significant ‘cultural contact’ between native Pueblo Indians and Spanish colonizers. San Marcos Pueblo was one of the largest Pueblos in the Southwest (approximately 2,000 rooms) in the 15th and 16th centuries. By the early 17th century, Spanish Jesuits began construction of a mission inside the Pueblo. The mission began in several converted pueblo rooms, but eventually grew into a large two story adobe church and 18-room convento, complete with priests’ quarters, offices, reception area, and kitchen. The mission lasted for approximately 70 years, until the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 resulted in the priest’s deaths and the abandonment of the mission. Unlike other Southwestern missions, however, San Marcos was never re-occupied by the Spanish and remains an important ‘time capsule’ for archaeological research

Dave Thomas

In 1996, an extensive aerial mapping was done of the pueblo.  The attached file has a wealth of drawings, surveys and maps of the site, which is 15 miles southeast of Santa Fe on NM 14.

Map of the Galisteo Basin Pueblos

Map from "Ancestral Pueblo Warfare and Migration
in the Galisteo Basin, New Mexico:
Report of the Tano Origins Project,
2005 Season"

James E. Snead
Dept. Of Sociology and Anthropology
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
8 June 2006

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Mike Lord

4th generation Santa Fe Gringo.

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  • Comment Link William Mee Monday, 30 April 2012 04:45 posted by William Mee

    I grew up down the road from here and would give tourists a 20 minute tour for a $1. The summary here is somewhat inaccurate and the full 13 page report should be read instead.

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