Anthropologists and Archaeologists filter through inches of dirt, clay and sand to find the little pieces of the past to create pictures of the ancient world. Why? Perhaps to prove just how much like us people were thousands of years ago. These broken vessels lying on the ground at Goodman Point, Colorado. We call our trash litter, their trash is federally protected (I repeat- don't touch).
This photo was taken this August. I don't usually "do" sunrises, I'm more of a sunset girl. Note the category is "Sunsets" because...well Sunrises are a rarity. Don't get your hopes up for more soon, as much as I'd like go capture the misty mornings over the plains.. nope. My body enjoys sleep too much.
No! Mesa Verde is not in Oklahoma; although the Puebloans did manage to find their way to our beautiful Oklahoma Panhandle. As evidenced in Kenton with the Manos and Metates in their little museum. I had the opportunity to visit Mesa Verde this summer at a wonderful workshop that was put on by the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez Colorado. Now, I have lived in New Mexico and love the region. Its funny, I've never felt more at "home" in a place than in New Mexico and Colorado. I love the four corners area.
What struck me the most about being at Mesa Verde was how far we had to drive to arrive at the park. It is up on a mountain. I guess I imagined it to be like other Pueblo Ruins that I had been to. This was truly a remote location. It is spectacular and unique a place that every American should see once in their lifetime.
The view is spectacular you can see for a hundred miles... it is incredibly beautiful.
The amount of Kivas is amazing.
Inside the Kiva... The Kivas are still important in modern Pueblos
Can you see the cliff dwellings?
I love Mesa Verde, it is a beautiful place to visit.