Neil Judd

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Neil M. Judd and Santiago Nahnjo, Governor of Santa Clara Pueblo, circa 1909.

Neil Merton Judd (1887–1976) was an American archaeologist who studied under the pioneering archaeologist of the American Southwest, Edgar Lee Hewett. He was curator of archaeology at the erstwhile United States National Museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution. He is noted for his discovery and excavation of many ruins left by the Ancestral Pueblo People (also known as Anasazi) of the Four Corners area, especially sites located within Chaco Canyon, a region located within the arid San Juan Basin of northwestern New Mexico. He headed the first federally backed archeological mission sent to Chaco Canyon, excavating the key ruins of Pueblo Bonito and Pueblo del Arroyo.[1]


  1. ^ Strutin 1994, pp. 20-24.


  • Brew, JO (1978), "Neil Merton Judd, 1887-1976", American Anthropologist 80 (2: 352-354) .
  • Strutin, M (1994), Chaco: A Cultural Legacy, Southwest Parks and Monuments Association, ISBN 1-877856-45-2 .

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