Great Kiva Design in Chaco Canyon: An Archaeology of Geometry

Chris Hardaker
Meeting Alhambra, ISAMA-BRIDGES Conference Proceedings (2003)
Pages 493–502


Principles of classical geometry are applied to kiva architecture in Chaco Canyon. Structural features of these circular buildings suggested that the prehistoric Anasazi may have known how to construct regular polygons. Both structural and quantitative aspects of kiva architecture are examined. Concentric rings of Chaco Canyon's kivas were measured to detect presence or absence of proportional signatures of known geometric designs. A result of this examination suggests that great kiva architects were familiar with a technique known as squaring a circle.