Southwest American Indian Ruins
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Gila Cliff Dwellings (page 1 of 5)

Exterior view of cliff dwellings built in caves. Photo by Howard J. Partridge.

General View of the Ruins
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, New Mexico

Mogollon Indian farmers built these cliff dwellings between 1270 and 1290 A.D., using them for no more than 40 years before abandoning them.  The ruins lie in natural cave-like recesses that are at least 150 feet above the canyon floor.  They bear a marked resemblance to the Mesa Verde ruins of the Anasazi Indians, who enjoyed widespread influence.  Photograph taken in 1991 by Howard J. Partridge.
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