• View of Square Tower House, seen along the Mesa Top Loop

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Artifact Gallery -- Necklace

Shell necklace
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.

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Did You Know?

Cliff Palace in the snow

Cliff Palace is the largest cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde National Park. It has 150 rooms, plus an additional 75 open areas. Twenty-one of the rooms are kivas, and 25 to 30 rooms have residential features. The number of Ancestral Puebloans living in Cliff Palace at any one time was 100 to 120.