Falls Creek, in southwest Colorado, is one of the most important ancient sites in the southwest. It was once a village and had burial sites.
It contained mummified remains of individuals, and has antiquities from the ancestral pueblo basket maker period from 1500-2000 years ago.
Look carefully to the right, below the waterfall and under the overhang (tap to enlarge).
You can see more here.
This sacred site was heavily plundered in the 1930’s and it is now protected, with no public access. It is under the protection of the tribal nations who are descendants of the original occupants.
I am not an archeologist. I am a psychotherapist by training. It is hard to get information on the place and it is difficult to find. Still my husband and I were curious to see what we could, without trespassing or violating the site. This is as close as we could ethically get, and these are full zoom shots. Our interest was piqued by the objects in the lower right quadrant under the overhang (enlarge to see better).
For more on this fascinating place check out the following two links:
Southeast of Flagstaff Arizona (click to enlarge and spot the cliff dwellings hidden in the rock face),
on a plateau,
is a six hundred foot deep canyon,
carved by Walnut Creek, a stream that flows east into The Grand Canyon.
Walnut canyon has been occupied by people for thousands of years.
The first permanent residents,
who occupied the region from CE 600- 1400,
left approximately 800 remaining structures.
We visited here as part of an exploration of lesser visited, and even unpublicized cultural sites in the American Southwest. In the next few posts I will show you some of what we have found. But our explorations are still ongoing. It becomes quite addictive finding sites that aren’t widely known. We even found some at The Holler.