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Square Tower House

Mesa Verde, Colorado

Ancestral Puebloans built many of these cliff dwellings over a period of 700 years....Square Tower House dates from the later stages of their time here, about AD 1200-1300

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janescottcumming26-Oct-2012 17:05
I have always wanted to visit this place. So much interesting history. I have never seen a view from this far out. Really gives a great feeling of what amazing work this building was. I am curious as to what the white thing is at the top of the cliff.
Dan Greenberg26-Oct-2012 03:56
I agree with Glenn - it's great how you image shows the overall environment and how the cliff dwellings were situated. ~V!
Glenn D.26-Oct-2012 00:36
It wasn't until the later stage that the builders' square was invented :)
- great shot showing us the overall terrain that this complex is built into (under?)
Carol How25-Oct-2012 23:10
Very interesting and well done! V
bill friedlander25-Oct-2012 23:06
Astonishing that people would carve these dwellings out of the living rock, and getting to them must have been problematic too. Great vantage point to get this excellent shot. V
Karen Stuebing25-Oct-2012 21:51
Impressive and beautiful capture of these ancient dwelling places. V.
Mairéad25-Oct-2012 21:28
What an interesting place - very well captured, giving a sense of scale. V
peterjay4525-Oct-2012 20:50
This is terrific, well photographed, David.
Brian Samuel25-Oct-2012 19:44
What a fantastic sight! Well taken.
They knew how to choose somewhere to live.
Johnny JAG25-Oct-2012 19:36
Amazing shot
Colin Storey25-Oct-2012 19:34
Fantastic scene, great well taken and with superb imformation. v
Jim Coffman25-Oct-2012 17:53
This is from a different pov than what I have ever seen! Well done,David.
Gary A. Rich (GRainelev)25-Oct-2012 17:16
David, you really did an excellent job shooting this image. We were down there a couple years, ago. I see something has been added on the top of the cliff? Do not know, what it is? V.
John Hamers25-Oct-2012 16:43
Great and very interesting shot !!V
joseantonio25-Oct-2012 16:26
Not an easy task to build their houses down there...V.
borisalex25-Oct-2012 15:53
Around 1200 AD, Pueblo people stopped living on top of the mesas and they moved to pueblos (houses) that were built half-way up the cliffs, in caves. Nobody knows why they decided to move to these caves. Maybe the weather got too hot and it was cooler in the caves. Maybe they were fighting wars and they needed to be in a safer place. But some people also moved back to the mesa tops - some people think this was safer than the cliffs. It's possible that Ute and Shoshone people invaded at this time.
borisalex25-Oct-2012 15:50
Great shot with much details...been there and its amazing, thanks for shooting it! V.

PS.Pueblo people (sometimes called the Anasazi) began to build mud-brick houses for themselves in the south-west part of North America (modern Colorado, northern Arizona, and New Mexico) about 100 BC, during the Middle Woodland period (the time of the Han dynasty in China, and the Roman republic). At this point archaeologists call them the Basket Maker people.
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