We spent Tuesday doing more sightseeing, while M was at work. There are several sites for ruins that are really close to Farmington. We started in Aztec Ruins National Monument, looking at the 800+ year old structures created by the ancient Puebloans. It's fascinating to see the workmanship and know that the people creating these structures did everything by hand. No power tools there - no nail guns, cordless drills, table saws (a lot of what we just used to complete the work on my mom's house). In some cases they had to go miles and miles from home for the supplies necessary (wood, stone, etc.) to build the 500-room, multi-level compound. And then there's the speculation on who was occupying it for various time periods. It was particularly interesting to see the change in masonry styles (obvious - when pointed out - even to an untrained observer like me), indicating occupation by different peoples.
Salmon Ruins in Bloomfield. They both have similar histories, but one (Salmon Ruins) was discovered by the original homesteader, who provided protection for the ruins. This site is smaller (the compound is approximately 150 rooms, multi-level), but has a Great Kiva (purportedly a social gathering area for the people in residence) similar to the one at Aztec. A BIG difference is that the Great Kiva at Aztec was reconstructed in the early 1900s, so we have a visual idea of what they might have been like.