The current agreement, based on terminology defined by the Pecos Classification, suggests their emergence around the 12th century BC, during the archaeologically designated Early Basketmaker II Era.Beginning with the earliest explorations and excavations, researchers identified Ancestral Puebloans as the forerunners of contemporary Pueblo peoples.
The sites contain the remnants of traditional Navajo houses, called "hogans." During most of the Post-Pueblo period, conical "forked-pole" hogans predominated; very late in the period, circular masonry or cribbed-log hogans made their appearance, eventually becoming the more common form.Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in the United States are credited to the Pueblos: Mesa Verde National Park, Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Taos Pueblo.Ancient Pueblo People, or Ancestral Puebloans, is a preferred term for the cultural group of people often known as Anasazi who are the ancestors of the modern Pueblo peoples.When the hunter-gatherer ancestors of the Navajo and Apache migrated south, they brought their language and nomadic lifestyle with them.Scholars disagree about the exact timing of these migrations, but it seems likely that Athabaskan speakers arrived in the Southwest after A. 1450 and were in the Mesa Verde region by at least the early 1500s.
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Contemporary Puebloans do not want this term to be used.