Coronado Historic Site, Bernalillo

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Coronado is an archaeological site in New Mexico that is part of the State-governed Museum of New Mexico system. It is located along New Mexico Highway 550, 1 mile west of Bernalillo and 16 miles north of Albuquerque.HistoryCoronado was the first state archaeological site to open to the public. It was dedicated on May 29, 1940, as part of the Cuarto Centenario commemoration (400th Anniversary) of Francisco Vásquez de Coronado's entry into New Mexico. Although it is named for Vasquez de Coronado, who camped in the vicinity in 1540–1542, it is most noted for the ruins of Kuaua pueblo (Tiwa for "Evergeen"). The pueblo or village was settled about 1325 and abandoned toward the end of the 16th century. Kuaua was one of several Tiwa-speaking pueblos in the area when the conquistador Vasquez de Coronado arrived, and the village was almost certainly abandoned due to the after effects of the Tiguex War (February 1541).The ruins of Kuaua Pueblo were excavated from 1934-1939 by an archaeological team led by Edgar Lee Hewett and Marjorie F. Tichy (later Lambert). The excavation revealed a south-to-north development over the village's three centuries of existence, as well as six kivas built in round, square and rectangular shapes. The site is particularly noted for a series of pre-contact (pre-1541) murals that were recovered from a square kiva in the pueblo's south plaza. These murals represent one of the finest examples of pre-contact Native American art to be found anywhere in North America.
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  • Just a beautiful spot to walk along the Rio Grande at sunset with the Sandia Mountains as a back drop. Good descriptions of ancient history.  more »
  • We stopped with granddaughters ages 3-8 and they all enjoyed it! Information presented very well with several hands on exhibits! It is pet friendly.  more »
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  • Fun stop, can go through it in an hour or stay and explore longer. Beautiful views and interesting history lesson.
  • This little place is just 30 minutes from Albuquerque, it also has a camping ground. The lady that was running it that day was very nice and informational. If you stop there first she can also sell you the tickets for the site in Jemez. Now that was very convenient. I loved the Rio Grande flowing in the back of it. They even let you put on a replica of the armor and it is heavy. Almost forgot, on Sunday credit card machines are off you pay in cash $5.00

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