In 800 years will your house still look this good? It amazes me that we don't use the ancient technology, which by the way is very GREEN and eco-friendly, in today's homes. I remember my mother-in-law talking about playing here as a child. However, you can't play there now, but you can get the feel of how our Native Americans lived over 800 years ago.
The information below was taken from the following website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montezuma_Castle_National_Monument
Montezuma Castle National Monument, located near Camp Verde, Arizona, in the Southwestern United States, features well-preserved cliff-dwellings. They were built and used by the Pre-Columbian Sinagua people, northern cousins of the Hohokam, around 700 CE. It was occupied from approximately 1125-1400 CE, and occupation peaked around 1300 CE. The monument is not at all a castle, but remains to be named "Montezuma Castle", despite it having nothing to do with Aztec Empire nor being named after any Montezuma emperors, such as Montezuma (spelled more properly "Moctezuma"). Many sites in North America are misnamed such as this site, because their discoverers were more interested in the discovery than information or understanding. Several Hopi clans trace their roots to immigrants from the Montezuma Castle/Beaver Creek area. Clan members periodically return to their former homes for religious ceremonies. When European Americans discovered them in the 1860s, they named them for the Aztec emperor (of Mexico) Montezuma II, due to mistaken beliefs that the emperor had been connected to their construction. (See also Montezuma (mythology).) Neither part of the monument's name is correct. The Sinaqua dwelling was abandoned 100 years before Montezuma was born and the Dwellings were not a castle. It was more like a "prehistoric high rise apartment complex".
Montezuma Castle is near the top of a Verde Valley cliff and is one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. The area was briefly abandoned due to volcanic ash from the Sunset Crater Volcano. It is likely that the sediment from that aided in agricultural endeavors when the Sinagua arrived. During the interim, the Sinagua lived on the hills nearby and sustained themselves on agriculture dependent on rain. After 1125, the Sinagua resettled in the Verde Valley and used irrigation systems left by the Hohokam. The monument itself encloses 826 acres and lies at the intersection of the Colorado Plateau and Basin and Range physiographic provinces. The latest estimated date of Sinagua occupation for any site is for Montezuma Castle National Monument around 1425 AD. The population is thought to have peeked around 1300 AD. The reasons for abandonment of their habitation sites are not yet known, but warfare, drought, and clashes with the newly-arrived Yavapai people have been suggested. The five-story stone and mortar dwellings contain 20 rooms and once housed about 50 people. A natural overhang shades the rooms and shelters them from rain. Another part of the cliff wall bears the marks of an even larger dwelling, which has not survived. Due to heavy looting, very few original artifacts remain. The discovery of Castle A in 1933 revealed many Sinagua artifacts and greatly increased our understanding of their way of life.
The castle was carved into the limestone of a high cliff. This shows that the Sinaqua were very daring builders. It took ladders to climb Montezuma Castle which made it incredibly difficult for enemy tribes to penetrate the natural defense of the vertical barrier.
The dwellings and the surrounding area were declared a U.S. National Monument on December 8, 1906 as a result of the American Antiquities Act, signed earlier in June of the same year. It was one of the four original sites designated National Monuments by President Theodore Roosevelt. The National Monument was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.
This is an easy monument to visit, a short distance off Interstate 17, exit 287. There is a paved trail a 1/4 mile from the visitor center along the base of the cliff containing the ruins. Access to the ruins has not been allowed since 1950 due to extensive damage of the dwelling. About 350,000 tourists visit the site each year.
The visitor center includes a museum about the Sinagua and the tools they used to build the dwellings. The Montezuma Castle site houses many artifacts, such as stone tools, metates used for grinding corn, bone needles and ornaments of shell and gemstone which prove that the Sinagua were fine artisans. All of these relics are on display at the Montezuma Visitors Center. There is also a gift shop.
Have a great day everyone!!
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ikeharel (60431) 2012-05-02 7:57
I saw this once or twice on TE, it's a place I never knew about at all. Amazing location, collected well from a lower POV.
*** Nice note written on the Peacock pic.
Sonata11 (33426) 2012-05-02 8:07
at present time, I don't think so! 800 years later, the ruins you show us they still stay, but our architecture, will be disappearing. The old architecture is amazing the way they build. Always I do admired, how they do that. This is incredable. Wonderfuly captured this picture. Fantastically manage colors, sharpness, clarity, POV and DOF too. Thanks for sharing. I like it a lot.
All the best and have a great day,
lousat (79868) 2012-05-02 8:30
A beautiful and original architechture inside the mountain,remember me a little Petra from Jordan..hehe.great choice of point of view to create this imposing perspective,gteat details and colors as usual.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
mmohan (744) 2012-05-02 9:32
Nice sharpness and details, a very interesting place and a useful note.
The image looks a bit small though, Maybe it is because of the border. Nice balance in composition
Miguel82 (25513) 2012-05-02 10:23
very comments of your picture
nice pov, colors and sharpness
An intersting place to know existence
have a nice day
cornejo (34044) 2012-05-02 10:45
Hey Buddy, very good picture and good note of this interesting historical place, good POV, sharpness and color, very good job excellently done, congratulations my friend. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Bluejeans (64249) 2012-05-02 10:46
Ola Buddy ,
Fantástico este lugar com estas ruínas de 800 anos desta cidade índia , magnifico como a construiram nesta gruta desta montanha , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-05-02 12:48
I was here in 2002 on my way to grand canyon. I didn't own a digital camera at that time. They are all in the album. This shot is captured very nicely with natural colors and details. I like the angle of view. I am planning another visit to Arizona soon. If time permits, I will once again visit this place.
Kitty_the_Wild (1169) 2012-05-02 16:21
A good POW for this kind of image, and considering his age, astonishing in its hardness. My house maybe won't be on feet so long, but is more comfortably reachable.....
jusninasirun (17162) 2012-05-03 0:00
Lovely image of the layers of the rock face with a building in it. Unique image and thanks for sharing.
Silvio1953 (126930) 2012-05-03 6:48
Ciao Buddy, really a fantatic old house in the rocks, great POV, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful warm colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Noel_Byrne (26115) 2012-05-03 11:06
What I love most about this site (apart from the amazing pics!!) is learning about phenomenal places such as this. I am a big fan of ancient buildings, and this is a wonderful place. Defintely one for my list should I ever be lucky enough to visit the area. I really like your composition.
jemaflor (87377) 2012-05-04 11:04
Very interesting place and good choice for the pov, impressive house, nice contrast of colors between rocks and green grss in the fg.
danos (88903) 2012-05-05 0:28
nice the view from this part of Montezuma castle,with the link to inform us even more with photos and details about it.
I like this construction as was build on the entrance of the cave with its 20 rooms and once housed about 50 people.Good presentation about this National monument of the North America.
Have a good weekend,Danos
mohammad_H (9584) 2012-05-05 1:14
نمایش فوق العاده از این خانه با قدمت ۸۰۰ساله.
رنگ بندی مناسب با زاویه زیبا و قالب قشنگ .
نمای جذاب با طرحی جالب
وضوح و نور عالی
روز خوبی را ارزو میکنم
800 year old house with wonderful views.
Beautiful angle and colors with beautiful form.
Attractive and interesting landscape plan
Excellent clarity and light
I wish a good day
eldancer1 (30064) 2012-05-05 14:08
This place is in my neighborhood and I didn't even know about it? For sure it's on my itinerary now with Sedona come fall. Good pov and dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
aliabazari (16050) 2012-05-08 21:27
At first glance, this picture has good depth and composition.
Fine with high exposure levels.
Didi (58088) 2012-05-12 0:46
My answer about your title is I don't think so.
Interesting approach to this old architecture.
Wonderful place but I suggest you a wider view or why not a panoramic large version :)
I wifh you a good weekend.
fritzi007 (7578) 2012-05-14 12:43
very impressive, from the houses of this long time past. Your photo is perfect, congratulations!
Many greetings from Europe