The BLM-managed Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in southwestern Colorado contains more than 6000 recorded archaeological sites so far, and up to 100 per square mile in some places. The Anasazi Heritage Center, the monument headquarters, is Southwest Colorado’s premier archaeological museum of the Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) and other Native cultures of the Four Corners region.
This Throwback Thursday, we bring you a photo of a Kiva within a Kiva. Excavations at Lowry Pueblo (1930-34) revealed an early, decorated kiva had been intentionally filled in. Several years later a new kiva was built above the older, filled-in one. Murals from both eras are visible left of the ladder— one near the top, the other near the bottom of the excavation. From the Field Museum’s Paul S. Martin Collection.
Learn more about the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, a part of the BLM’s National Conservation Lands, and the Anasazi Heritage Center. And see new featured historical pieces almost daily on the BLM Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and Anasazi Heritage Center Facebook page.