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January 6, 2012

archeological sites and why they fascinate

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 6:04 am
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Relishing being at an ancestral Puebloan archeological site

It’s as if you’re there, or they’re here — whoever ‘they’ are. You see their finger smears and prints in the construction mortar. You can superimpose your hand over their painted handprints, invoking wonder. You find things they left behind that were important to them — tools, foodstuffs, art, clothing, structures. Last year: a molar on an alcove floor, a scrap of yucca sandal, a black human hair in the ancient doorway mud, a dessicated squash stem, a metate (grinding stone), a stone tool found in the wash. These were the people, the families, the predecessors, who walked the Colorado Plateau eight or ten centuries ago. How can I help but feel that their lives are inextricably entwined with mine? Archeological sites are my favorite places.


  1. It’s interesting to speculate about what will be left from our civilizations – cities, roads and bridges (not unlike the residue of Rome) to which you can add dams, railroad beds, airports and the harbor facilities which, by that time, will be well under a risen ocean. No forts and few castles – but probably all the subterranean wires and pipes will still be preserved.
    Could make an interesting movie . . .

    Comment by leroque — January 6, 2012 @ 6:36 am | Reply

  2. Have you checked out Beef Basin? Definitely camp there for a few days and explore (need 4WD and it’s at ~6000+ ft elev.)… I wish I had brought a guide book with me, but still, what we did find was pretty neat.

    Comment by Beth — January 29, 2012 @ 10:19 pm | Reply

    • This is one of those times I wish my Prius were bigger, higher, and stronger…

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — January 29, 2012 @ 11:01 pm | Reply

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