Montezuma Castle National Monument in Yavapai County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
A farming community of perhaps 200 people prospered here for more than three centuries. The Castle was home to 35 or so of these people. Archeologists suggest they may have fled what is today the Flagstaff area due to overpopulation around A.D. 1100. Their name, “Sinagua,” is a variation of the Spanish “sin agua,” which means “without water.”
The excavation of mounds of broken pottery, worn-out tools, animal bones, and other trash at the base of the cliff has enabled archeologists to reconstruct some of the Sinagua’s rich lifeways – all reflections of their intimate relationship with the land.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 34° 36.713′ N, 111° 50.485′ W. Marker is in Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Touch for map. Marker is along the walking trail leading from the visitor center. Marker is at or near this postal address: Montezuma Castle Road, Camp Verde AZ 86322, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to The Castle (within shouting distance of this marker); The Way Up / Construction Sequence (within shouting distance of this marker); The Neighborhood / Mysterious Departures The People Next Door (about 400 feet away); Lifeline / Prehistoric Produce (about 400 feet away); Macaw Pen Stone? (about 400 feet away); Pecan Lane Rural Historic Landscape (approx. 2.7 miles away); Fort Verde State Historic Park (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montezuma Castle National Monument.
Also see . . . Montezuma Castle National Monument. (Submitted on March 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Anthropology • Forts, Castles • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 564 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.