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?
Approximately 600 of the over 4700 archeological sites found in Mesa Verde National Park are cliff dwellings. Other sites include mesa top pueblos, farming terraces, towers, reservoirs, and check dams.