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Team: South
Friday, August 23, 2002
Prehistory of Flagstaff
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Petroglyphs at Agua Fria National Monument

Petroglyphs at Agua Fria National Monument
Courtesy Bureau of Land Management, Arizona State Office

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Jan & Cathy sift through the past at Elden Pueblo, an Ancestral Puebloan ruin near Flagstaff

Jan & Cathy sift through the past at Elden Pueblo, an Ancestral Puebloan ruin near Flagstaff
Courtesy Lorie McGraw

Team South is going to tour Elden Pueblo today, and learn a little about those who came before-- in this case, the ancestral Puebloan cultures of the Colorado Plateau. These people, often called by their Navajo name, the Anasazi, inhabited this area for hundreds of years before Europeans came to America. They left behind a rich legacy of artifacts and dwellings, including this site, and the cliff dwellings at nearby Walnut Canyon National Monument, where the team will travel on Sunday.

Team South has encountered the ancestral Puebloans before, when they camped at Mesa Verde National Park on their way down from Utah to start the trek. But today they will be learning more about these cultures, with presentations by rangers from the Coconino National Forest. Topics covered will include how the ancestral Puebloans lived, where they went when they left their traditional homes on the Colorado Plateau, and how we can learn more about our environment and current Puebloan cultures by preserving and studying the homes and artifacts they left behind.
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