"where bits of pottery and stone tools together with the bones of their makers lay enleavened in the cracked clay floors."
Paquimé pottery
Public DomainPaquimé pottery - Credit: Carl S. Lumholtz

The remains of pottery found within the Paquimé ruins suggests a highly cultured civilization that belies the original Spanish settlers description of the Chichimeca as primitive savages.

Countless other treasures in the Casas Grandes district were lost to looters in the years following the Spanish Conquest.

 

Casas Grandes jar found in the ruins of Paquimé
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCasas Grandes jar found in the ruins of Paquimé - Credit: David Monniaux
Casas Grande effigy pot
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCasas Grandes effigy pot - Credit: Wikipedia