Archaeologists are claiming that these ancient Southwest Indians were involved in cannibalism. They noticed bones in Chaco canyon that the bones and the skulls were cracked open and charred . In at least 50 cases, The archaeologist speak of the Anasazi as violent and that their theory on Cannabilism really was evident due to the charring of the skulls. Stating, the breaks of the bones were distinctive marks used by cutting with sharp and parallel cuts. Also stating the bones were cut the same way as you would cut wild game. This theory is very sensitive to hear about this, and Native Americans find it dehumanizing, which obviously this theory is! But, pre-historic people dates very far back to cannibalism due to starvation and warfares.
The Anasazi were referred as “The ancient ones” and are famous for their Cliff Pueblo’s , baskets and pottery that are highly sought after by high rolling collectors. This ancient civilization started as early as 700-1500 C.E and are descendants to the Pueblo Indians such as Hopi and Zuni. They lived in 20 communities along the Rio grande in New Mexico, and Northern Arizona as well as Colorado and Utah.The biggest question many archaeologist and scientists have is what happened and where did the Anasazi go? Was it due to drought, or wars with other tribes? No one truly knows this question , but scientists speculate poor sanitation, pests, and environmental degradation may have played a part, and are confused about this. The Anasazi were extremely interested in the stars.
Here are a couple of Anasazi petroglyphs
More than 7,000 petroglyphs have been catalogued throughout the southwest.
Here are are the cliff Pueblo dwellings names. Cliff Palace-Mesa Verde National park, Canyon de Chelly ,Chaco Canyon, Hovenweed Wupatki National monument(by the way, I am going their soon!)
Also here are a few Anasazi pottery for you to see.
This castle is also known as the wedding cake. Built in the 1920’s and in a secluded area of 44 acres. It stands up four stories and is a very popular place for weddings. Tours sell out a month in advance. This castle is in Phoenix and was part of a resort, now part of the parks system. Visitors are allowed to tour the area, you can go inside but are limited to view some of the interior, so if you want to do a real thorough exploration, call this number 1-602-256-2221, and ask about tickets etc, etc.
Next up is the Mystery castle
A sad story, about a dying man named Boyce Luther Gulley. He found out he had Tuberculosis and decided to go to the desert and build this castle for his wife and daughter in the 1920’s. He spent his remaining years building this castle. His wife and daughter had no idea about this and didn’t find out until 1945, after his death and they inherited it! Tours run from October to May.
This castle was built in the 1960’s-70’s by a Phoenix orthodontist.They have plans of renovation and will have tours. Looks like a nice place to check out!
El cid castle
This castle comes with an interesting story behind it. Built in Sunnyslope, Az by Dr. Kenneth E.Hall. The dr. Operated the North mountain hospital and liked to be called “King of Sunnyslope” and his hospital even had a primate zoo! Wow! The castle was meant as a huge bowling alley and recreation area. Sad part is the money used to build it was used from the Medicare fraud, so he had to sell it to settle his malpractice suit. Dr Hall died in 2001 at 80.
The building was bought by theState of Arizona for the Department of Economic security office. It is located in Sunnyslope in Phoenix on the corner of 19th ave and west Cholla Dr.
The Mollahan castle
This castle is used for weddings, parties, vacation retreats, and other social events and is located at 1939 W. Mollohan Dr. in Tucson, az
You can call them at 1-520-878-6467
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Five Arizona National monuments you will love to visit!
Five Arizona National monuments you will love to visit!
If you are interested in some awesome places to take your family and explore, these are mind blowing National monuments! In fact, I recently went to one of them. Here is a list for you, enjoy!
Montezuma Castle National monument , this National monument was referred as “ a place of the greatest ecological valve and scientific interest” by President Roosevelt. It is an easy walk around loop and it is wheelchair accessible. Plus, information is available all around, even names all the plants, and explains what is edible and what the Natives ate in the area. There is no shortage of information at this beautiful National Monument!
Next up is Walnut Canyon National monument.
ThIs is a real treat for families with kids, and anyone interested in archaeology and people who love cliff dwellings, such as myself! The steps are all in great shape, about 270 steps down and about 1000 steps back out, so basically, it is strenuous with 185 vertical ft into the canyon. If you don’t want to do the strenuous trail, you can always check it out from above. Make sure to bring a lot of water!
Now this next one, is just awesome!
Sunset Crater National Monument
Next up is this very photogenic place in the north area of Utah and Arizona border!
Last but not least, Wupatki National monument
Before heading to the Grand Canyon, this is a really great ancient Pueblo, considered the largest, with about 100 rooms. It has 1/2 mile loop that begins at the visitor center and is way out! Here, you and your family , or just you can learn about the Wukoki people who lived there over 800 years ago! They have what is called “The crack in the rock” hiking that is a strenuous two day hike that takes you deep into this National monument, if you want to try. These hikes are lead by Wupatki rangers and volunteer guides.
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San Manuel and the scenic and Primitive roads behind it