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Tuzigoot Pueblo (page 3 of 3)

View of the plain below the pueblo ruins. Photo by Howard J. Partridge.

View of Landscape below the Pueblo Ruins
Tuzigoot National Monument, Arizona

The curvilinear design of this empty field caught my eye while visiting Tuzigoot.  They are modern in nature.  Mining interests in Jerome dumped copper tailings here up until the 1950s.  Cleanup operations prompted them to build the stone dikes and flood the fields in an attempt to reduce the amount of wind-driven dust.  Perhaps hundreds of years earlier the Sinagua Indians collected water and farmed the area. One of my sources claims that they learned irrigation farming techniques from the neighboring Hohokam Indians.  Photograph taken in 1991 by Howard J. Partridge.
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