Sunday, August 25, 2002
Turning the Clock Back 900 Years
Team South detours today from their relentless push north, to visit Sunset Crater National Volcanic Monument and Walnut Canyon National Monument, before returning to the Coconino National Forest to camp.
Walnut Canyon is a village inhabited around 900 years ago by the ancestral Puebloans. They relocated here, at Wupatki, and in the Verde Valley to the south, with the apparent knowledge that the volcano at Sunset Crater was about to erupt. When it did, it blanketed the entire region with ash, and came to figure large in the oral histories of area tribes, who today include the Hopi and the Acoma. Since Team South got a great presentation on prehistoric cultures two days ago, this day should be a fun archeological field trip.