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Near Winslow in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Illegal Digging

Homol'ovi II Archaeological Site

 
 
Illegal Digging Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, November 2, 2021
1. Illegal Digging Marker
Inscription.  These large holes, and others visible throughout the pueblo, are the result of illegal digging by treasure seekers and pot hunters. Such acts of careless vandalism not only destroy scientific information, but desecrate ancient and sacred burials. Vandalism also interferes with existing spiritual energy since many Hopi clans consider this, and other sites, to be ancestral and spiritual homes.
 
Erected by Arizona State Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative AmericansParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 35° 5.081′ N, 110° 38.582′ W. Marker is near Winslow, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker can be reached from Homolovi State Park Entrance Road, 5.4 miles north of Arizona Route 87. The marker is located at the beginning of the archaeological site after a short walk. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Winslow AZ 86047, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Typical Room (within shouting distance of this marker); Homol'ovi II (within shouting
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distance of this marker); Central Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Kiva - Underground House (within shouting distance of this marker); Vandalized Kiva (within shouting distance of this marker); Nuvatukya'ovi (within shouting distance of this marker); Paayu (within shouting distance of this marker); East Plaza (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winslow.
 
Also see . . .  Park History.
Homolovi State Park was established in response to public concern about the devastation of the Homolovi sites by illegal collectors of prehistoric artifacts. The damage to the sites peaked in the 1960s when a backhoe was being used at Homolovi II to dig through burials and kivas. The residents of Winslow and leaders of the Hopi people, supported by other people throughout the State, began to work to protect these sites. It was their dream that the entire area would become a State Park. Source: Arizona State Parks
(Submitted on December 2, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
These large holes are evidence of illegal digging image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, November 2, 2021
2. These large holes are evidence of illegal digging
The view of the illegal digging image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, November 2, 2021
3. The view of the illegal digging
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 113 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 2, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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