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New research posits much smaller population at what is now Chaco Culture NHP

FARMINGTON — New research from a team headed by a University of Colorado scientist casts doubt on Chaco Canyon's status as a significant year-round population center during the Anasazi era.

Larry Benson, an adjunct curator at the CU Museum of Natural History, as well as a hydrologist and geochemist, led a team of researchers that published its findings about the settlement's food sources in the November 2019 edition of the Journal of Archaeological Science, a monthly, peer-reviewed academic journal.

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