Ancestral Puebloans-Part 4: Hovenweep

This is part 4 of an evolving series.  Click here for part 1, here for part 2, here for part 3.      Hovenweep National Monument was established in 1923. A lesser-known assembly of Ancestral Puebloan relics, it straddles the border of southwest Colorado and southeast Utah and is one of those hidden, out-of-the-way gems with enduring … Continue reading Ancestral Puebloans-Part 4: Hovenweep

Ancestral Puebloans-Part 3: Mesa Verde

    This is part 3 of an evolving series.  Click here for part 1, here for part 2, here for part 4.      Once Chaco Canyon lost its prominent role, due to natural or man-made causes, Mesa Verde saw its star shine brightly, before it, too, flickered, then faded. American Indians had lived on this part … Continue reading Ancestral Puebloans-Part 3: Mesa Verde

Ancestral Puebloans-Part 2: Chaco Canyon

This is part 2 of a an evolving series. Click here for part 1, here for part 3,  here for part 4.       Among the best-known architecture of the Ancestral Puebloans is Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park. It was, however, preceded and superseded in significance by New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon. In its heyday, between the … Continue reading Ancestral Puebloans-Part 2: Chaco Canyon

Ancestral Puebloans Part 1: Overview

In the Four Corners region of the United States, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet and the Colorado Plateau dominates countryside and climate, the land is riddled with innumerable ruins. Ruins reminiscent of complex societies that eked out an existence in this semi-arid to arid high desert. Once formerly nomadic American Indian tribes settled, … Continue reading Ancestral Puebloans Part 1: Overview