An article in the Farmington Times reports on experiments done to test the idea that the Anasazi used a signaling system to communicate over a distance:
About 1,000 years ago, the Chacoan Anasazi inhabitants may have communicated the same way — minus the cell phone and dressing mirror.
Park rangers and archeologists at 23 Anasazi ruins scattered over 86 miles tested the theory that the ancient people passed messages between population centers. Instead of mirrors, the people would likely have used flat, shiny abalone shells or signal fires.
The experiment repeats and expands a National Science Fair project completed in 1995. It confirmed the theory that Anasazis in Pueblo Alto, Huerfano Mountain and Chimney Rock could have communicated by way of some kind of remote system, Baker said. Tuesday’s experiment expanded that idea, testing the possibilities for communication with Aztec Ruins, Salmon Ruins and other smaller population centers.
The reflections started at 10 a.m. with Pueblo Alto and Penasco Blanco and ended with Huerfano Mountain and Salmon Ruins at 2 p.m.
Results appear mixed. At Salmon Ruins, the staff couldn’t see reflections from Huerfano, Pueblo Alto or Chimney Rock.
“We could see the radio towers, but no mirror reflection,” Baker said.
Which sounds to me like they demonstrated that the concept was possible – not that Anasazi actually communicated in this fashion…
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