Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Perfect Kiva - Grand Gulch Utah

perfect kiva
Tucked back far away in a little hidden canyon in the remote southeast corner of Utah is this perfect kiva.  It's a well preserved Ancestral Puebloan or Anasazi Indian ruin, the only known one in the western hemisphere.  The Anasazi had conquered the harsh living conditions in the desert southwest, occupying this area and other cliff dwellings for hundreds of years.  We know they lived on corn and were able to track the sun, there are many solstice markers throughout the southwest, but around 1200AD they disappeared and left their cliff houses and ceremonial chambers abandoned.  From pollen counts scientists believe that there was a 20 year drought, which caused them to move on to places with a more reliable water source, but no one knows for sure.