Ancient Chaco Canyon inhabitants relied on imported food

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Ancient Chaco Canyon inhabitants relied on imported food

Dry, salty conditions prevented agriculture
A new study suggests the salty soil and dry conditions in Chaco Canyon would have made it difficult to grow enough corn for its inhabitants.
Larry Benson, University of Colorado Boulder Museum of Natural History adjunct curator of anthropology, says the Chaco population likely relied on food imports from more fertile lands in the Four Corners region.
A new study suggests that corn consumed at Chaco Canyon may have come from more fertile lands near the Chuska Mountains along the New Mexico-Arizona border.

Ancient Chaco Canyon inhabitants relied on imported food

A new study suggests the salty soil and dry conditions in Chaco Canyon would have made it difficult to grow enough corn for its inhabitants.
Larry Benson, University of Colorado Boulder Museum of Natural History adjunct curator of anthropology, says the Chaco population likely relied on food imports from more fertile lands in the Four Corners region.
A new study suggests that corn consumed at Chaco Canyon may have come from more fertile lands near the Chuska Mountains along the New Mexico-Arizona border.
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