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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Pueblo de Taos is an adobe settlement of the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico that is today recognised as a World Heritage Site. It belongs to the Tao people, located approximately one mile to the north of the modern city of Taos in New Mexico, USA. Pueblo de Taos is belived to be hundreds of years old, if not a thousand. There is a stream, the Rio Pueblo de Taos, a tributary of the Rio Grande, flowing through the settlement. Surrounding it is a Native American reservation covering 95,000 acres (384 sq km), with a resident population of 1,900 people.


Pueblo de Taos, New Mexico
Pueblo de Taos, New Mexico
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According to archaeologists, the Tao people, along with other Pueblo Indians, settled in the Rio Grande area after migrating from the Four Corners region (the area where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah intersect) following a drought in the late 13th century.

The North-Side Pueblo is the largest multi-storey Pueblo structure in existence. It has adobe walls that are several feet thick. Until 1900, getting into the structure required climbing up ladders to the roof and then doing down through an inside ladder. In this way, the outside ladders can be pulled up in times of danger.

Within Pueblo de Taos, which can be described as a prehistoric condominium, there are individual home units, each consisting of two rooms, used as living quarters and the other as the cooking area. Each home unit is detached from the other with no passageway linking them.

Pueblo de Taos was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 16th session of the World Heritage Committee when it was held in Santa Fe, USA, 7 - 11 December, 1992.


Pueblo de Taos, New Mexico
Pueblo de Taos, New Mexico
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authorshipKarol M.
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 36 26 20.004 W 105 32 30.012 in New Mexico.
Inscription Year: 1992
Type: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: IV

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