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Big Bead Mesa

New Mexico
County of Sandoval.
National Register Number: 66000958
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Domestic - village site (pueblo group). The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: NM-3 Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - July 19, 1964):
Occupied from about 1745 to 1812, this is an impressive fortified Navajo village site. After moving into the Big Bead Mesa region, the Navajos established a stronghold that menaced the pueblos of Laguna and Acoma, and formed an alliance with the Gila Apaches. The site is an important representative of patterns of trade and raiding that characterized Navajo relations with Pueblos, Apache, and Hispanics.

There are no threats to the NHL at this time.

NPS conducted a site visit on Oct 24, 2007.

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