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Mesa Verde in Montezuma County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Split-Level History

Mesa Verde National Park

 
 
Split-Level History Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 4, 2008
1. Split-Level History Marker
Inscription.  
Mesa-top and Alcove Living
Although the Puebloan used the cliff alcoves throughout the entire time they lived in Mesa Verde, the cliff dwellings themselves were not built until the final 75-100 years of occupation. For over 600 years these people lived primarily on the mesa tops.

Of 4000 ruins within the park only 600 are cliff dwellings. All of these cliff dwellings were built and occupied in A.D. 1200 and 1300.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Anthropology & ArchaeologyLandmarks.
 
Location. 37° 9.738′ N, 108° 28.5′ W. Marker is in Mesa Verde, Colorado, in Montezuma County. Marker is on Mesa Top Loop. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mesa Verde National Park CO 81330, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Years of Change (within shouting distance of this marker); Years of Activity (within shouting distance of this marker); Cliff Dwelling Life
Cliff Alcoves image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 4, 2008
2. Cliff Alcoves
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(about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Time of Transition (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ties that Bind (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oak Tree House (approx. ¼ mile away); Fire Temple (approx. 0.3 miles away); House of Many Windows (approx. 0.3 miles away).
 
Cliff Alcoves image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 4, 2008
3. Cliff Alcoves
Cliff Alcoves image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 4, 2008
4. Cliff Alcoves
Sign at Parking Area image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 4, 2008
5. Sign at Parking Area
Sign at the entrance to the park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 4, 2008
6. Sign at the entrance to the park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 10, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 516 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 10, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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