Wupatki, MNA and Petroglyphs

2:00 pm

Join us for a cool weekend in Flagstaff. On Friday afternoon June 23rd we will tour the amazing repository at the Museum of Northern Arizona. ($5.00 fee). Saturday we will spend the day at Wupatki National Monument with archaeologist Ian Hough visiting many of the ancestral sites built by the Cohonina, Kayenta Anasazi, and Sinagua.

Wupatki was first inhabited around 500 AD. Wupatki, which means “Tall House” in the Hopi language, is a multistory Sinagua dwelling comprising over 100 rooms and a community room and ball court, making it the largest building for nearly 50 miles. A major population influx began soon after the eruption of Sunset Crater in the 11th century (between 1040 and 1100), which blanketed the area with volcanic ash; this improved agricultural productivity and the soil’s ability to retain water. By 1182, approximately 85 to 100 people lived at Wupatki Pueblo but by 1225, the site was permanently abandoned. Based on a careful survey of archaeological sites conducted in the 1980s, an estimated 2000 immigrants moved into the area during the century following the eruption.

On Sunday morning Evelyn Billo and Robert Mark will take us on a 2-3 hour hike through Picture Canyon, a petroglyph site in the heart of Flagstaff.

The trip is limited to 20 people. To register email Katherine Cerino.


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