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1980-1984 Loop Road Project

Identifier: Coll 0014

Scope and Contents

Scope and Contents:

Correspondence, drawings, maps, notes, and photographs related to excavation and mitigation work associated with the Loop Road Project at 29SJ 626, 29SJ 597, 29SJ 329, 29SJ 622, the historic era Employees Quarters (also known as Hyde House) adjacent to Pueblo del Arroyo, and various other locations, including testing along the South Loop Road. There appear to be no records for the work done at 29SJ 622 (Acc 470), except for a field specimen list.


  • 1920-1990 (bulk dates: 1980-1984)


Biographical / Historical


Between 1980-1984, various testing, excavation, and mitigation projects were undertaken by the park in association with re-routing and widening the Interpretive Loop Road in the main canyon. The project would also include construction of one parking lot between Pueblo Bonito and Chetro Ketl and another between Pueblo del Arroyo and Kin Kletso. A comfort station would also be erected adjacent to the Pueblo Bonito parking lot. Most of the work was done by archaeologists from the Southwest Regional Office, but in one case, at small site 29SJ 626, Chaco Project personnel assisted in the work. Other areas that were excavated were 29SJ 597, 29SJ 329 and Hyde House. All sites were backfilled and recovered materials analyzed completely. Archeological testing completed in the areas of new disturbance and construction deemed the areas unlikely to contain significant cultural resources. The majority of the records had been retained, on long-term loan, by one of the key project personnel, Jim Bradford, in the Santa Fe office. These records were returned to the archives and cataloged in 2009. (DF Note: In the 1980s, this project was known as the 'Interpretive Loop Road' because the majority of the work was on the 8 mile loop road. But the first portion of the project, 3+ miles, was from the Visitor Center up through Gallo Wash and included the testing/excavations of 29SJ 597, 29SJ 600, and 29SJ 603.)


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Organized into 7 series:

Series 1: 29SJ 626 Series 2: 29SJ 597 Series 3: 29SJ 329 Series 4: Employees Quarters Series 5: Loop Road/South Loop Road Testing Series 6: Project Administrative Files Series 7: Jim Bradford Files


Provenance: NPS Southwest Regional Office, Cultural Resources Division; Chaco Center; Chaco Culture NHP
Finding Aid for 1980-1984 Loop Road Project
Coll 0014
Tyler Love, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, National Park Service
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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