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Long House Ruins 5

Situated inside a 90.8m alcove in the narrow Wetherill Mesa, the Long House is one of the largest Ancestral Puebloan Cliff Dwellings in Mesa Verde. It was inhabited from 1145 to 1279 and contains 150 rooms and 21 kivas, as well as overhead storage rooms and a four story tower. The dwelling is believed to be able to hold 175 people, but the large plaza in front, and the disproportionately high number of kiva religious chambers suggest that it was a community center as well, perhaps of all surrounding cliff dwellings on Wetherill Mesa.

 

Surrounding Long House are several other dramatic cliff dwellings on Wetherill Mesa, including Nordenskiöld No. 16 and Kodak House. Wetherill Mesa itself is on the extreme Western end of the park at the end of a winding, 12km road that takes 40 minutes and is closed in the winter. Consequently the area is far less visited than Chapin Mesa.

Wetherill Mesa, Mesa Verde National Park, Cortez, Colorado

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Taken on August 31, 2017