"Living On The Edge" Mesa Verde National Park by mht_in_la
Mesa Verde National Park Travel Guide: 229 reviews and 547 photos
While most U.S. National Parks are proud of their natural wonders, I'm intrigued by the National Parks that represent values of human culture and history. Mesa Verde is one of those. It covers roughly 700 years of Anasazi history, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. The cliff dwellings most people come here to see are concentrated in the last 100 years of their occupation at Mesa Verde. Then, in the late 1200's, the nomadic Anasazi moved away and left their Mesa Verde home behind. The reasons they left remain a mystery in history.
Also, according to a Park brochure, the Navajo word "Anasazi", long used to refer to the early people of Mesa Verde, is no longer favored. The term now preferred is "Ancestral Puebloan", indicating these people were the ancestors of the modern Pueblo people of the Southwest.
Contrary to the cliff dwellings visitors come to Mesa Verde to see, the Sun Temple was completely above ground. It's... more travel advice
The photo shows a "kiva" in early Pueblo ruins. A kiva is a ceremonial room, usually underground, for important social... more travel advice
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