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ANCENT PEOPLES OF THE SOUTHWEST
ANCENT PEOPLES OF THE SOUTHWEST
The archeology of the Americas became an interest of mine while I was still in junior high school and stumbled across a copy of the first hand account of the discovery and first excavation of Mayan pyramids in Yucatan. Even before that I was fascinated by Native American culture. Many years ago I visited the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde and casually had assumed that culture was limited to the Four Corners region. During the past year I spent in Arizona I discovered how mistaken was that assumption. I visited several National Monuments where the artifacts of this culture are protected and preserved. This is a collection of photos taken during my explorations.
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Montezuma Castle
Montezuma Castle 
 
This cliff dwelling of about 20 rooms was built in the 12th century about 100 feet above the valley floor. It is located several miles to the southeast of present day Sedona and Cottonwood, Arizona..