Cliff Palace - Mesa Verde by bmac62 ()
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Taken two weeks ago while visiting Mesa Verde National Park. Near Cortez, Colorado.
Opted for black and white here due to extremely bright sun that day...
From the park's website: Recent studies reveal that Cliff Palace contained 150 rooms and 23 kivas and had a population of approximately 100 people. Out of the nearly 600 cliff dwellings concentrated within the boundaries of the park, 75% contain only 1-5 rooms each, and many are single room storage units. If you visit Cliff Palace you will enter an exceptionally large dwelling which may have had special significance to the original occupants. It is thought that Cliff Palace was a social, administrative site with high ceremonial usage.
Many visitors look at the size of the doorways in Cliff Palace and other cliff dwellings and wonder about the size of the people who once lived here. An average man was about 5'4" to 5'5" (163cm) tall, while an average woman was 5' to 5'1" (152cm). If you compare them with European people of the same time period, they would have been about the same size. Compared with today, the Ancestral Puebloan's average life span was relatively short, due, in part, to the high infant mortality rate. Most people lived an average of 32-34 years, however some people did live into their 50s and 60s. Approximately 50% of the children died before they reached the age of five.
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Image Comments (30)
Thanks for the brush-up on my Pueblo history. I recall reading about this in the early 1960s. As for the black/white, it adds an air of mystery to the site. I often wondered why they built in such elevated excavations - easier defence? Protection from the elements? We may never know. Thanks again! My regards to Tara. :-)
I think black and white is perfect for this, and if you just let your eyes skim over it, there's an odd sort of liquid effect this image produces. I really like the details and the sense of complexity. This is a really nicely elegant image. I need to travel more!