This post is mainly just a list of the posts I’ve done in the “Tracing the Connections” series over the past few months. Here they are:
The Lay of the Land
The Evidence from Linguistic Relationships
The Evidence from Linguistic Contact
The Evidence from Oral Traditions
The Evidence from Skull Measurements
The Evidence from DNA: Introduction
The Evidence from DNA: Southwest-Specific
Overall, the evidence from all these different sources is very consistent in indicating that the modern Pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona are clearly the descendant communities of the ancient Pueblos in a general sense, but that tracing a line of descent between any specific ancient site and any specific modern Pueblo is not currently possible. With further research, however, I think there is a lot of potential for identifying more specific connections using multiple lines of evidence.
A winter solstice post, meanwhile, examined differences in building orientation that come in several macro-regional variations for reasons that aren't entirely clear.