This ruin was occupied for about 150 years following eruptions of the Sunset Crater volcano around 1070 AD. The residents were cotton farmers and weavers who traded with other villages in Arizona and down into Mexico. The presence of a ball court at the site and raising of parrots suggests a cultural link with people to the south in Mexico.
The village was abandoned in the 1200s during a period of cultural flux when many large village sites in the southwest were also abandoned. Climate variability cumulating in severe drought late in the century probably linked with cultural stress is assumed to be the cause of this regional migration.
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Photo taken in Coconino County, AZ, USA
Misplaced? Suggest new location