view artifacts of the era. The Besh-Ba-Gowah
Museum holds one of the largest single-site archaeological collections in the Southwest and
is one of the most significant finds of Southwest archaeology.
Inside the museum, visitors can view two models of the ruins; one displaying
the present condition and the other a reconstructed pueblo from 1325 A.D. Stone items on display
include manos and metates, delicately carved stone palettes, stone axes and hoes, obsidian
points, turquoise beads, local minerals, a bow drill for bead making and shell jewelry, evidence
of trading networks extending to the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. In addition, woven
baskets and mats, sandals made from yucca leaves, and fine woven cloth are displayed. One wall
of the museum is covered with shelves of ancient pottery. Besh-Ba-Gowah has an impressive
collection of decorated ware, including a diverse range of pottery.