Southwest American Indian Ruins
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Gila Cliff Dwellings (page 4 of 5)

Interior view of a cliff dwelling. Photo by Howard J. Partridge.

Interior View of an Upper Level
Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, New Mexico

The interior of these cliff dwellings originally contained 40 rooms.  It was home to an estimated population of 40 to 50 Mogollon Indians late in the 13th century.  Some of the rooms feature exterior doorways, but others were only accessible via openings in the roof.  Archeologists believe the rooms were mainly for sleeping and storage.  Most activity would have occurred somewhere outside the pueblo when the weather was cooperative.  Photograph taken in 1991 by Howard J. Partridge.
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