Split Rock Publito
Located on a bench east of Largo Canyon between Dogie and Tapacito Canyons, this pueblito is built atop a large boulder which is split in the middle, hence the pueblito's name. In addition, two forked-pole hogans are present on the site. The pueblito contains four rooms along with a remnant wall which encircled the rooms on the boulder. Two of the rooms are contiguous, the other two rooms appear to be free-standing. Access is likely through the split in the boulder with the assistance of a ladder (Powers and Johnson 1987). Room 1, the southeastern most room, is the best preserved with near full wall height, however, no roof remains on it or the other rooms which are only about quarter height.

Ceramic Assemblage: Ceramics identified at the site included Dinetah Gray, Gobernador and Frances Polychrome, Puname (Zia Pueblo) Polychrome and Acoma Matte wares.

Tree-ring Analysis: Eight tree-ring samples have been collected from the site. Four of the samples had evidence of metal ax use. Dates obtained from the samples proved to be inconclusive. At best two non-cutting samples indicate an occupation probably sometime in the mid-1720s (Towner 1997).

Land Owner: Bureau of Land Management
Site Elevation: 6585 ft / 2007 m
Hiking Difficulty: Easy =
Someone in fair hiking condition;
Distance less 1,000 feet;
Elevation gain less than 20 feet (to the base of the boulder).

References:
Powers, Margaret A. and Byron P. Johnson 1987
Defensive Sites of Dinetah. New Mexico Bureau of Land Management Cultural Resources Series No. 2, 1987. U.S. Dept of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Albuquerque District.

Towner, Ronald H. 1997
The Dendrochronology of the Navajo Pueblitos of Dinetah, PhD dissertation, University of Arizona.


Split Rock Publito
Split Rock Publito
Split Rock Publito
Photos by EMKotyk