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Mesa Verde

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A great concentration of ancestral Pueblo Indian dwellings, built from the 6th to the 12th century, can be found on the Mesa Verde plateau in south-west Colorado at an altitude of more than 2,600 m. Some 4,400 sites have been recorded, including villages built on the Mesa top. There are also imposing cliff dwellings, built of stone and comprising more than 100 rooms.

Written by  Roy Adelwood.

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“Portals into the Past”

Mesa Verde's cliff dwellings are a little crumbly in places, and looters took away most of the pottery and baskets a century ago. But as you explore the southwestern Colorado national park, it's easy to imagine the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo Indians … Read more...

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Some of the tours crawl through small tunnels, small enough to set off claustrophobics. Adventurous types and children will eat it right up.

Mesa Verde National Park

A great concentration of ancestral Pueblo Indian dwellings, built from the 6th to the 12th century, can be found on the Mesa Verde plateau in south-west Colorado at an altitude of more than 2,600 m. Some 4,400 sites have been recorded, including villages built on the Mesa top. There are also imposing cliff dwellings, built of stone and comprising more than 100 rooms.

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Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde, meaning green table in Spanish, is an ancient historical site. This national park has over 4,000 archeological sites, making it the largest archeological preserve in the United States. Dating from 600 to 1300 A.D. Mesa Verde National Park is the only park in the United States that is dedicated to the preservation of human artifacts. Purchase tickets to tour the cliff dwellings such as Cliff Palace and the Balcony House. Also don't forget to stop into the Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum and see its exhibits on Ancestral Puebloan life.

Mesa Verde

Mesa Verde National Park is the home to over 4,000 known archaeological sites where artefacts from the Pueblo people who lived in the area from 600AD to 1300AD have been discovered. Some of the most fascinating and well preserved are the 600 cliff dwellings, houses dating from the 12th and 13th century built in shallow caves along the canyon walls

Visitors are able to visit the cliff dwellings and there is an onsite museum containing relics found in the area

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