Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot

We're just back from visiting my folks in Prescott, Arizona. While there we all took a day trip to Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot, two national monuments that are around an hour's drive north. Above: Montezuma Castle, with raven in flight--there was a nest in cliff, with many comings and goings to feed the new babies. The structure dates from around 1200-1400 AD.

The last time I was at the "castle" was in the 1960s. Not much has changed--the lower, reddish area of the structure was replastered in the 1990s using clay from Beaver Creek, which runs near the foot of the cliff.

Tuzigoot is an ancient village site that was reconstructed in the 1930s. The walls were reassembled from piles of stone--very little of the structure is original. Nevertheless, it's an impressive site, on a ridgetop overlooking the Verde River--hence all the greenery in the photo below.

The small museum on site is worth a visit. I was fascinated by these stick figures, which are dated between 2,000-4,000 years old.