Monument Closed on December 25 and January 1
In order to allow volunteer staff to enjoy the holidays, Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2013 and New Year's Day, January 1, 2014.
Feast or Famine? Document G
Title: Prehistoric Desert Peoples
Author: Jay Sharp
The Mogollon stored food, including grain from crops and seeds from wild plants, in bowl-sized to barrel-sized pits excavated inside or immediately outside their homes.
…in cadence with the seasons and with the inspiration of elaborate ritual, families planted corn, beans, squash and perhaps other crops along river banks, in washes and on bluffs…
Sharp, Jay. "Prehistoric Desert Peoples." www.desertusa.com/ind1/du_peo_mog.html . Desert USA, 2011. Web. 29 Jul 2011.
Did You Know?
Stone axes made it challenging for the ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area to cut down trees for vigas (roof beams) in the Gila Cliff Dwellings. So, before chopping the tree trunks, they would burn a small fire around the base of the trunk to weaken it so their axes could cut it down more easily.