Pithouse Village Sanders, Az.


Pictured above is another view of the small hill, near Sanders, Az, that has the remains of a pit house village located at the summit.  Note that the landscape surrounding the hill has a gray hue, while the hill itself is red in color.  The difference in hue, according to Archaeologist Adolph Bandelier in 1885, was caused by the area being extensively used by humans for hundreds of years.  In other words the red hue on the hill is a result of people living there for more than two thousand years.  He mentioned numerous sites around Zuni Pueblo where they found  areas  with a red hue, surrounded by a vast area of gray, which contained ancient prehistoric sites.  The Red Hill in the aerial photo above shows an excellent example of what Bandelier was talking about.  More photos and information to come.

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