Category Archives: archaeology

March is Archaeology and Heritage Month in Arizona

Petroglyphs, a cryptic language of an ancient people, or clandestine religious symbols known only to the local shaman?  Or, perhaps just a mark etched on a rock for posterity, similar to writing a note or a letter to a loved … Continue reading

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The rocks in my head

Ok, Ok, Ok.  I know my mind isn’t right sometimes, but what the heck, everybody has a few rocks in their head. My FB friends already saw the geologic event I spotted in a cornmeal muffin.  I often see geology … Continue reading

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Loop of the Ruins: a time travel adventure into prehistoric life

Little did you know, the vehicle you commute to work in is really a time machine.  On any day of the week you can slide into the driver’s seat, and in 90 minutes your adventure into an earlier time begins. … Continue reading

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Tuzigoot – People of the Crooked Water

Perhaps the best example of Sinaguan architecture sits atop a sandy-limestone outcrop in the heart of the Verde Valley.  The freestanding, three-story, stone structure consisting of 110 rooms once provided shelter from the summer heat for many Puebloan families between … Continue reading

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Once upon a time, many millions of years ago . . .

. . . magma from deep within the bowels of the earth, emerged at the surface near a place now called Squaw Peak.  Lava, like water, seeks the lowest lying areas, and so it flowed downstream until it settled on … Continue reading

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Montezuma Castle – cliff dwelling of the Verde Valley

Montezuma Castle, tucked into a recess of the Verde Formation, and perched 150 feet above the valley floor, is a prime example of one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America.  This five-story structure, made of stone and … Continue reading

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“Where Route 66 ends . . . and the fun begins?”

East of Winslow, Arizona, beside a long lonely stretch of highway, sits an icon of Old Route 66.  The Minnetonka Trading Post served the community for almost a century as a post office, roping arena, bar and gas station; to … Continue reading

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