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Old 01-27-2015, 07:18 PM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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...something new crops up on the internet.

http://www.wimp.com/dancesanctuary/

I was unable to find any information on the location of these remarkable diggings other then references to "public lands" and nothing currently available for public visits and that it's apparently somewhere in the Santa Fe area.

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Old 01-27-2015, 08:27 PM
 
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I think it's near the Ojo Client area.
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Old 01-27-2015, 09:11 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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His website is at: Ra Paulette Home
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Old 01-28-2015, 07:47 AM
 
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Saw a bit on this some time back on TV. Unique does not even begin to describe this work.
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Old 01-28-2015, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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I was unable to find any information on the location of these remarkable diggings...
I did find a realtor's web site that lists 208 acres with two finished caverns for sale with gated access off of US285 between Santa Fe and Taos in the Ojo Caliente area in Rio Aribba Co.

Makes sense considering all of the natural small caverns in the volcanic tuff along the Rio Grande in the vicinity of Bandelier and Puye "cliff dwellings." The Indian inhabitants of the area further hollowed out the natural formations to create living quarters using their primitive tools, demonstrating how easily the tuff is mined.

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Old 01-29-2015, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Ruidoso, NM
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If I was rich, I'd be all over that...










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Old 01-29-2015, 05:11 PM
 
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That is amazing work he does, not just for the sculptural aspects, also such an unique idea!

Video says in the beginning that its sandstone, but it is clearly a tuff or pumice. No sandstone I've ever seen could carve that easily.
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Old 01-29-2015, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Ruidoso, NM
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Full documentary is free online: CaveDigger - Aeon Video
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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That is amazing work he does, not just for the sculptural aspects, also such an unique idea!
Although mankind has been carving out caves for both dwellings and ritual purposes for thousands of years, wherever there is easily carved geology, the remarkable thing about Ra Paullette's "cavates" is the claimed singular effort of one person. Hard to believe that he hasn't had help, especially in those instances where he is using heavy ladders and scaffolding that would be nearly impossible for one man to manipulate safely.

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Old 01-30-2015, 09:16 AM
 
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That is amazing work he does, not just for the sculptural aspects, also such an unique idea!

Video says in the beginning that its sandstone, but it is clearly a tuff or pumice. No sandstone I've ever seen could carve that easily.
Having got an suv stuck on Rabbit Mtn in the Jemez I know first hand how soft tuff is.
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