Cliff Dwelling
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Location Mesa Verde, Colorado   map
Date 1200 to 1300   timeline
Building Type multifamily housing complex
 Construction System rough stone masonry
Climate desert
Context rural, cliffside
Style Native American
Notes "Cliff Palace", at Chapin Mesa, Chaco Canyon. See also Mug House.


Photo, exterior overview

Photo, exterior

Photo, exterior
Discussion Cliff Dwelling Commentary

Part of the Mesa Verde UNESCO World Heritage Site:

"A great concentration of Anasazi Indian dwellings, built from the 6th to the 12th centuries, can be found on the Mesa Verde plateau in southwest Colorado, at an altitude of more than 2,600 metres. Some 3,800 sites have been recorded, including villages built on the plateau, and imposing cliffside sites, built of stone and comprising more than 200 houses. "


Sources on Cliff Dwelling

Howard Davis. Slides from photographer's collection. PCD .0405.

Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slides in the Artifice Collection.

Art Paz, Eugene, Oregon. Slides from photographer's collection, June 1980. PCD.2287.1022.1938.035, spruce tree house kiva. PCD.2287.1022.1938.035, cliff palace overview.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Cliff Dwelling


Web Resources
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Mesa Verde National ParkOfficial park web site

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