National and State Register

Wallace Ruin

Montezuma County

Exhibiting four distinct construction periods, the site includes a multi-story Great House, a small unit pueblo, and a reservoir.  Wallace Ruin has yielded important information about prehistoric pueblo communities during the rise and fall of the Chaco culture and the cultural dynamics that preceded abandonment of the region. 

A view of the structure from inside with boards on the bottom.

Wallace Ruin (2008 photograph.)

The site’s layout, architectural engineering, and masonry styles embody the distinctive features of Chaco Great House monumental architecture.  The property is associated with the Great Pueblo Period of the McElmo Drainage Unit, AD 1075-1300 Multiple Property Submission.