Artifact Gallery -- Necklace
The Ancestral Puebloans were also artists and traders – trading with a network of tribes to bring shells such as these from the Gulf of California to wear as ornamental jewelry. Artifacts found in the cliff dwellings offer much evidence of trades, such as Macaw feathers from Central America, turquoise from New Mexico, and copper bells from Mexico. Due to extensive trading as well as local production, many different types of jewelry have been found at Mesa Verde sites.
Did You Know?
The Ancestral Puebloans inhabited Mesa Verde for more than 700 years (550 A.D. to 1300 A.D.), but for the first six centuries, they primarily lived on the mesa tops. It was not until the final 75 to 100 years that they constructed and lived in the cliff dwellings for which Mesa Verde is known.