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Montezuma Castle National Monument in Yavapai County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Macaw Pen Stone?

 
 
Macaw Pen Stone? Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 7, 2010
1. Macaw Pen Stone? Marker
Inscription.

Could This Stone Be The Opening to a Macaw Pen?
Where Did This Stone Come From?
Who Used It?
Why Is This Stone at Montezuma Castle?
Did the Ancient Sinaguans Possibly
Raise Macaws Here?


In the 15th century, near modern-day Casa Grande in northern Mexico, thrived a vibrant community and trading center called Paquime. There, tropical birds called macaws, were brought up from the jungles far to the south. Thousands of macaws were bred and raised in compact adobe boxes that outlined one of the plazas. Disk-shaped rocks with circular openings were placed at the front of each of these macaw pens.

Because we do not know where this stone came from, we will never be able to answer these questions. When you remove artifacts from their original place valuable information is lost forever. The artifact looses its meaning and becomes simply an object. Please leave artifacts exactly as you find them.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 34° 36.71′ N, 111° 50.398′ W. Marker is in Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona, in Yavapai County. Touch for map. Marker is at the west end of the visitor center. Marker is in this post office area: Camp Verde AZ 86322, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Photo on Macaw Pen Stone? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Regan Choi, undated
2. Photo on Macaw Pen Stone? Marker
[Caption reads] Fifteenth-century macaw pens missing their roofs in a plaza at Paquime.
At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to The Castle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Community (about 400 feet away); The Way Up / Construction Sequence (about 600 feet away); The Neighborhood / Mysterious Departures (about 700 feet away); The People Next Door (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lifeline / Prehistoric Produce (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pecan Lane Rural Historic Landscape (approx. 2.7 miles away); Fort Verde State Historic Park (approx. 3.4 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 14, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. AnimalsAnthropologyMan-Made FeaturesNative Americans
 
Macaw Pen Stones and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 7, 2010
3. Macaw Pen Stones and Marker
Macaw Pen Stones? image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 7, 2010
4. Macaw Pen Stones?
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 14, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 775 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 14, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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