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Ancient Archeological sites

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument is located in Yavapai County, Arizona in USA. Montezuma Castle was rediscovered in the late 19th century. It was mistakenly linked to the last Aztec emperor Montezuma II who was killed by the Spaniards in the 16th century.

 

 

 

Location: Yavapai County, Arizona     Map

Occupied: 8th- 15th century

Official site

 

 

 

Description of Montezuma Castle National Monument

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However Montezuma Castle cliff- dwelling has a simpler and less romantic history. It was constructed by Sinagua people who occupied it from the 8th till 15th century and did not actually use it as defensive fortification. This ancient apartment building merely used natural cliffs and adobe walls to keep people inside cool and shaded from the sun rays. Additionally wild animals couldn't get to the individual members of the tribe. The structure of Montezuma Castle is a five story complex that contains 20 rooms. People who lived here could climb their cliff homes via ladders that could be removed if enemies approached the settlement. This is not the only dwelling in this national park. Remains of several cliff dwellings are spread out through out the area surrounding Montezuma Castle. Sinagua tribe left the site for unknown reasons. Some blamed it on changing climate that made agriculture impossible. Other blame it on newly arrived Yavapai tribes that came here.

 

Montezuma Castle National Monument is located off the Interstate 17, exit 287. There is a parking area next to Montezuma Castle Visitor Center. From there you can walk for 1/4 miles down the paved trail to the actual site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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