Cedar Mesa, San Juan County, Utah
Located in San Juan County, Utah, Cedar Mesa is estimated to contain 100,000 culturally significant and scientifically invaluable resources. Archaeological sites on Cedar Mesa include many pit houses and food processing stations from the Basketmaker period of approximately 1000 B.C. to 750 A.D. These houses cluster together to form small agricultural settlements and were populated by people who used elaborate baskets to store food. Cedar Mesa also contains remarkable stone houses and granaries built by a later agricultural people who used pottery and sometimes lived in large settlements. This second era is referred to as the Ancestral Puebloan period and it dates from around A.D. 750 to 1300. People during both these times created much elaborate and colorful rock art that can be seen in various places on Cedar Mesa. A Save America's Treasures grant funds preservation work at Cedar Mesa and five other sites in San Juan County.
Photo: Stone and mortar buildings in the eastern portion of Moon House, an Ancestral Puebloan site.
– National Trust for Historic Preservation