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Ancient stand-alone structures and cliff dwellings are first classified as protective and can be found in different parts of AZ. Cliff dwellings are found throughout the Desert Southwest around the Four Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona and provide a window into these ancient people’s past.
Nestled in cliff walls and shallow caves, ancient people flourished on the Colorado Plateau from 300 A.D. to 1300 A.D. Originally, these people were nomads, living off the land eating wild plants and animals. Starting about 2000 years ago, the hunter-gatherers began to domesticate animals and grow crops. Formerly known as Anasazi, these early farmers are called the ancestral Puebloan and Fremont people. They grew maize, squash, beans, raised turkeys and kept dogs. By about 1300 A.D. it is believed that drought drove these people south leaving the dwellings untouched until the 19th century. There are many places you can view these dwellings.
Dozens are scattered throughout Arizona, reminding of the old ways of living. They remind us of long forgotten customs and show how the climate has changed over the years. Primitive rooms built of massive sandstone and limestone cliffs provided both safety and protection to their dwellers. Normally in hard-to-reach locations, added an additional functionality, shielding the tribes from animals and other ancient groups. Some cliff dwellings in Arizona were established on riverbanks or fertile lands – any locations that would provide enough drinking water and food. The rich soil brought an additional food supply for those ancient peoples that knew how to grow plants and cultivate the land.