Cliff Homes and Canyon Life

Cliff Homes and Canyon Life (HM15NN)

Location: Flagstaff, AZ 86004 Coconino County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 10.274', W 111° 30.561'

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As recently as the mid-1200s, families lived, worked, and played in Walnut Canyon. Tending crops on the rim, traveling to gather food, and collecting water from the canyon bottom were part of a daily routine.

It may be difficult to imagine living here, constantly negotiating this rugged terrain. Our motorized lives make it easy to forget that, throughout most of history, peoples' existence was much more physical.

Who Were They?
Walnut Canyon's farming community flourished between roughly 1125 and 1250. By this time, people across the Southwest were united by corn cultivation and village life. But their architecture, pottery, and tools differed across space and time.

Archeologists used these differing traits, which occurred in patterns on the landscape, to describe and label cultural traditions such as Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) and Sinagua.

Walnut Canyon, with its compact villages of adjoining, rectangular room blocks (called pueblos by the Spanish) and plain brown pottery, lies within the heart of the Sinagua tradition.
HM NumberHM15NN
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 5:18am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 453617 N 3892151
Decimal Degrees35.17123333, -111.50935000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 10.274', W 111° 30.561'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 10' 16.44" N, 111° 30' 33.66" W
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Area Code(s)928, 602, 520
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 114 Walnut Canyon Rd, Flagstaff AZ 86004, US
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