Taos Pueblo

New Mexico

Inscribed 1992

Taos Pueblo exemplifies the living culture of a group of present-day Pueblo Indian people. Consisting of ceremonial buildings and facilities, and multi-story adobe dwellings built in terraced tiers, Taos Pueblo is one of a series of settlements established in the late 13th and early 14th centuries that have survived to the present day. Taos Pueblo has been continuously inhabited and is the largest of these Pueblos that still exist, with its North and South Houses rising to heights of five stories. Taos Pueblo and the people of the Pueblo itself claim an aboriginal presence in the Taos Valley since time immemorial.


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Archaeologists say that ancestors of the Taos Indians lived in this valley long before Columbus discovered America and hundreds of years before Europe emerged from the Dark Ages.

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Ancient ruins in the Taos Valley indicate our people lived here nearly 1000 years ago.

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The main part of the present buildings were most likely constructed between 1000 and 1450 A.D.