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National Park Service and Getty Conservation Institute Backfill Testing Project Records

Identifier: Coll 0047

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents:

Collection is divided into two series based on the two main sites investigated (Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl in that order). For both sites the documents contained are as follows: data analysis sheets, scale drawings, graph charts, photos, negatives, contact sheets, VHS video tapes, photo logs, draft reports, final reports, memorandums, correspondence, research proposals, and academic journal articles


  • 1920-2004 (bulk dates: 1992-1996)


Biographical / Historical


From 1991-1996, the NPS collaborated with the Getty Conservation Institute to investigate, develop, and field test, on a limited scale, protective strategies for preserving archaeological sites with standing architectural remains. Field work took place at Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl. The project was based on the use of backfilling as a protective measure that is flexible and easily reversible, one that reduces maintenance while permitting visitation and interpretation of the site. The GCI-NPS team also developed experimental strategies to protect walls from snow melt and to confront problems posed by partial backfilling. Using the lessons learned from the backfilling and testing programs, the team implemented a backfilling procedure for partial reburial of the ruins at Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl in Chaco Canyon, which is part of the final GCI/NPS site reburial project.


3.4 Linear Feet

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Organized into two series.

SERIES 001 - Materials Relating to the Backfilling of Pueblo Bonito

SERIES 002 - Materials Relating to the Backfilling of Chetro Ketl

Arranged chronologically within subseries.



Dabney Ford; National Park Service
Finding Aid for National Park Service and Getty Conservation Institute Backfill Testing Project Records
Coll 0047
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, National Park Service
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Repository Details

Part of the NPS Chaco Culture National Historical Park Repository

Chaco Culture NHP & Aztec Ruins NM Museum & Archives Program
Hibben Center Rm 307 - MSC01 1050
450 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque NM 87106 USA