Canyon of the Ancients

Colorado’s newest national monument is the site of ancient Puebloan villages (Anasazi ruins) and is reported to have more archaeological artifacts than all other ancient Puebloan sites.

Quote from the Presidential Proclamation establishing Canyon of the Ancients: “Containing the highest known density of archaeological sites in the Nation, the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument holds evidence of cultures and traditions spanning thousands of years. This area, with its intertwined natural and cultural resources, is a rugged landscape, a quality that greatly contributes to the protection of its scientific and historic objects. ……More than five thousand of these archaeologically important sites have been recorded, and thousands more await documentation and study.”

The entrance to Canyon of the Ancients is about 30 minutes from Sun Canyon Ranch.
This unnamed dwelling was occupied some 1000 to 1500 years ago . It's position high up on the canyon wall might indicate that the people who lived there wanted to keep an eye on their neighbors. It is one of hundreds of abandoned dwelling in "The Canyons of The Ancients"

One of many such circular structures in the "Canyon's of the Ancients"

It's position on top of a ridge would indicate it was a watch tower , to give advanced warning of approaching enemies.

Some people from areas where a lot of grain is grown have said it looks like a grainery , you may draw your own conclusion .

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