Mesa Verde - Cliff Palace

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Mesa Verde National Park:

Mesa Verde National Park Mrs. Berg’s Family Trip July 2009

Cliff Palace:

Cliff Palace Recent studies reveal that Cliff Palace contained 150 rooms and 23 kivas and had a population of approximately 100 people. Out of the nearly 600 cliff dwellings concentrated within the boundaries of the park, 75% contain only 1-5 rooms each, and many are single room storage units. If you visit Cliff Palace you will enter an exceptionally large dwelling which may have had special significance to the original occupants. It is thought that Cliff Palace was a social, administrative site with high ceremonial usage.

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Remember the kiva? Look for the sipapu. Notice there is a wall in front of a hole in the wall. It let the air in, but provided a wind block so the fire wouldn’t go out.

petroglyphs:

petroglyphs Look carefully on the walls in the next picture. What do you see?

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