• Visitors hike along the base of the Gila Cliff Dwellings.

    Gila Cliff Dwellings

    National Monument New Mexico

Feast or Famine? Document F

Document: F

Title: The Archeology of Gila Cliff Dwellings

Author: Keith Anderson

Source: book

The West Fork of the Gila meanders over gravel bottoms in a valley 115 m to 400 m wide. There are small pockets of apparently stable soil, through rocky and sandy, that were in all likelihood productive locations for farming near the river, downstream from Cliff Dweller Canyon. Equally promising are benches and terraces 12 m to 35 m above the river channel. There is a permanent spring 100 m below the dwellings. …the growing season is about 150 days…

Anderson, Keith. The Archeology of Gila Cliff Dwellings. 1. Tucson: Western Archeological and Conservation Center, 1986. Print.

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