Ancient

Village Of Rio Puerco, Petrified Forest

This is the Village of Rio Puerco, thought to have been settled by the Pueblo natives (Anasazi) from 1250 to 1380 A.D. It is believed that a series of droughts led them from scattered living to congregating in large pueblo communities, such as this. The Village is located near the banks of the Puerco River. …

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Crinoids, Ancient Marine Fossils

Found in the mountains overlooking a small town not far outside the Salt River Valley, these are the fossilized remains of an ancient sea creature known as a Crinoid. With a flower-like appearance, these are often referred to as sea lilies. In fact, the word crinoid is derived from the Greek word “krinon,” meaning “a …

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Ancient Salado Cave Dwellings In The Superstition Wilderness

The Superstition Wilderness is rich in history and legend. It seems you could spend a lifetime searching every canyon, turning every corner, and climbing every mountain, and still not see it all.  While there is much to see, these dwellings—built around six-hundred years ago, and once called home by the Salado—is perhaps the most interesting …

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Beautiful Trough Metate

Check out this beautiful Trough Metate! The accompanying grinding stone—known as a Mano—would have been a perfect fit for this specific Metate, and not a good fit for any other, thus, not interchangeable. While the Basin-type Metates I have shared previously (visit link below) were intended for single-hand use and grinding in a circular motion, …

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Mortar And Metate, What’s The Difference?

Here we have 2 different artifacts with similar appearances and functions. Can you tell the difference? I briefly touched on the Metate and its use before, but I will retouch on it in this post. Similarities: Like the Metate, Mortars are food-prep tools made of stone with an inner-basin used to process different plant material …

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NEW! Ancient Arizona Photo Book!

For anyone interested, I just finished my design for Ancient Arizona: Ruins, Rock Art, and Relics, photo book! Sorry it took so long. I wanted the designs to be perfect. 20 pages / 26 photos. I’m hoping to knock out Amazing Arizona: Wilderness, Waterfalls, and Wildlife, by Wednesday—so they’re available for Christmas. #athew 2021 Calendars …

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