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    Grinding corn

    by OlenaKyiv Written Jul 16, 2007
    The grinding stones and slabs, Balcony House
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    Favorite thing: The grinding stone and slab – mano and metate on the picture. Grinding corn into corn meal was a constant chore. Dried or parched corn could be stored in pottery vessels for years in the dry, Southwest climate. The strored corn enabled the Anasazi to survive long, cold winters.

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    Communication between tribes

    by OlenaKyiv Written Jul 16, 2007
    Mesa Verde's landmark

    Favorite thing: Mesa Verde area looks like a spread palms of the hand with its canyons. Each cliff is far away from each other separated by valleys and steep mountains, so it is hard to realize that Anasazis tribes communicated between each other. Through the Mesa Verde area there is strong evidence of cooperation and exchange: ceremonial structures, like Sun Temple, check dams, widespread advances in pottery and architecture.

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    Accomodations near Mesa Verde

    by Easty Written Dec 14, 2004

    Favorite thing: The nearest town to Mesa Verde is Cortez, which has many chain motels. Since I do not recommend hotels I never stayed in, I can't suggest a hotel in Cortez. I did stay in Durango, which is about an hour's drive from Mesa Verde. For hotel information in Durango click here
    Durango, Colorado

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    get early for the guided tours

    by zlatiq Written Jan 16, 2006

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    people at the cliff palace

    Favorite thing: we went for the very first tour of the cliff palace and it was the best thing to do, as later on gets hot and really crowded and yu see more people than dwellings.

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    narrow tunnels in the balcony house

    by zlatiq Written Jan 16, 2006

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    balcony house

    Favorite thing: there are these very very narrow tunnels in the Balcony house...and i don't think all people can crawl through them, so try not to get stuck!

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    be sure to have a full tank of gas

    by zlatiq Written Jan 16, 2006

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    Favorite thing: there is no gas available in the park, but there's gas stations in cortez and as far as ia remeber there's one on the highway before you take the exit for the park

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    by smoox Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Fondest memory: The Indian ruins are inside the valleys that crisscross Mesa Verde. For a long time they had been forgotten and were only rediscovered when a farmer was looking for his stray cattle.

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    by smoox Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Fondest memory: You can climb on top of the 'Sun Temple'. It was given this name since it does not have a rooftop, and the only explanation is that the sun was worshipped there.

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    by smoox Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Those kivas must have been covered gathering places. A few of them have been restored and you can actually climb in.

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    by smoox Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Fondest memory: I have read that kivas served - and still serve, in Indian villages - different purposes: for religious ceremonies as well as for meetings among men OR women. No opposite sex allowed.

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