Sinagua Desert Canyon Cliff View - Stock Image

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This is the view from inside an ancient Sinagua Indian cliff dwelling high atop a desert promentory. Sinagua means "without water" and as you can see the canyon riverbed is dry. The site was selected for its easily defensible position. On the opposite side of the site a rock wall was constructed to protect a more easily accessed approach. The wall contains portals where rocks were omitted so that arrows could be fired through them. Visibility on that side is excellent across the high desert terrain. Site selection was critical for the Sinagua, and perfectly executed here. This culture combined hunting and gathering with agriculture, but the latter was challenging in this arrid, wilderness terrain. The exact site location, which requires considerable effort to reach, is intentionally omitted. Its estimated age dates to 1300 AD - 1400 AD. Remote Sinagua Cliff Dwelling Site, Northern Arizona, 2013.

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