Mesa Verde

On day 17, 23 August, we left Pagosa Springs to continue the road trip towards Austin, Texas. Before going back on the road east though we took a little detour through the Mesa Verde National Park.

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Around AD 550, long before the Europeans arrived at the American continent, some people living in the Four Corners region decided to move onto the Mesa Verde. These people and their descendants lived and flourished there over the next 700 years.  In the late 1200, over a period of one or two generations, they left the area and moved away.

The Mesa Verde National Park was created at the start of the 20th century to preserve the archeological heritage of the Ancestral Pueblo people. The park includes over 4,500 archeological sites of which 600 are cliff dwellings.  The cliff dwellings were built towards the very late stage of their time on Mesa Verde.

 

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We did the Mesa Top Loop Drive that passes by a variety of great viewpoints as well as artefacts of old ‘houses’ of the Ancestral Pueblo people. Whilst the early stages were characterised by essentially ‘holes’ in the ground where whole families lived together, their homes became more and more sophisticated over time.

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The below photos show cliff dwellings that were built towards the end of the period that the Ancestral Pueblo people lived on Mesa Verde.

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The entire Mesa Verde National Park is beautiful, not only the archeological heritage of the people that lived there. The viewpoints present an amazing view over the countryside enabling you to look very very far.

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Am 17. Tag, bevor wir unseren Road Trip fortsetzten, machten wir einen Abstecher zum Mesa Verde National Park. Der Park wurde Anfang des 20. Jahrhundert geschaffen um das archaeologische Erbe der Ancestral Pueblo Menschen zu schuetzen. Das Volk bewohnte circa von 500 bis circa 1200/1300 den Mesa Verde.

Es gibt eine Route im Park, die Mesa Top Loop Route, die wunderbar an verschiedenen archaeologischen Staetten und Aussichtspunkten vorbeifuehrt. Hier kann man genau die Entwicklung der Ancestral Pueblo Menschen erkennen. Dienten anfaenglich ‘Loecher’ im Boden als Unterkuenfte, so entwickelten sich ueber die Jahrhunderte beindruckende Bauten an den Klippen der Berge.

Der Mesa Verde National Park ist richtig schoen – auch in Bezug auf die Natur. Es gibt zahlreiche Aussichtspunkte, von denen man richtig weit sehen kann!

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