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

Kiva - Underground House

Homol'ovi II Archaeological Site

 
 
Kiva - Underground House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, November 2, 2021
1. Kiva - Underground House Marker
Inscription.  In the depression is a kiva. Kiva means "cellar" or "underground house". Men are primary users of kivas; women and children have access during certain ceremonies and seasons. This kiva is 14 by 17 feet and 6 feet deep. The floor and benches were paved with flagstones. Anchored to the roof and floor was a vertical loom for weaving cotton. At abandonment, many kivas were ritually closed. Air shafts and hearths were filled and sealed, and their roofs were burned.
 
Erected by Arizona State Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyNative AmericansParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 35° 5.105′ N, 110° 38.579′ 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 center 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. Vandalized Kiva (a few steps from this marker);
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Central Plaza (a few steps from this marker); Nuvatukya'ovi (within shouting distance of this marker); Paayu (within shouting distance of this marker); Illegal Digging (within shouting distance of this marker); Homol'ovi II (within shouting distance of this marker); Typical Room (within shouting distance of this marker); East Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker). 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.) 
 
Kiva - Underground House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, November 2, 2021
2. Kiva - Underground House Marker
The depression is a Kiva or Underground House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, November 2, 2021
3. The depression is a Kiva or Underground House
 
 
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 201 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 2, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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