Archaeology At Montezuma Castle National Monument

Archaeology is the study of the human past using material remains. These remains can be any objects that people created, modified, or used. There are several different types of archaeology: historic, prehistoric, classical, and underwater just to name a few.

The science of archaeology grew out of the older multidisciplinary study known as antiquarianism. Antiquarians studied history with particular attention to ancient artifacts and manuscripts, as well as historic sites.

Established December 8th, 1906, Montezuma Castle National Monument has been the center of attention for archaeology in Arizona. The 20 room high-rise apartment like complex is both amazing to look at and full of mystery. The artifacts found tell of a story of ingenuity, survival, and ultimately prosperity in an unforgiving desert landscape.
  • A stone knife

    Explore different kinds of tools used by the Sinagua People

  • A picture of arrowheads

    Explore the different tools used for hunting

  • Prehistoric Pendant

    Discover different types of jewelry

  • A picture of a Pot Rest

    Weave your way into prehistoric basketry

  • Kayenta Pot

    Prehistoric pottery by the Sinagua

  • A piece of fabric

    Prehistoric fabric pieces


Southwest Virtual Museum

We partnered with Northern Arizona University and the Southwest Virtual Museum, to digitize many of our museum artifacts. Check out artifacts, historic photos and maps on the Southwest Virtual Museum Website.

Montezuma Castle Museum Collections

Collection Summary
Archeological artifacts; ethnological objects; and natural history specimens associated with the park.

Collection Size

Facilities Exhibiting Museum Items
Montezuma Castle Visitor Center

Last updated: August 28, 2021

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