On a hilltop in Arizona’s Verde Valley between Phoenix and Flagstaff, you will find Tuzigoot National Monument, the ruins include a three story pueblo and 110 rooms. The pueblo was built and inhabited by the Sinagua people between 1000 and 1400 AD. On the site, you can also see petroglyphs as well as the remains of pithouses.
Archaeological Fun Fact: The first known excavations at Tuzigoot were conducted from 1933 by archaeologists from the University of Arizona with funding from the federal Civil Works Administration and Works Project Administration.
Park website: www.nps.gov/tuzi/
The Alibates Flint Quarries were first exploited by the Clovis people, who fashioned atlatl and spear points for use in mammoth hunting 13,000 years ago. Successive Native American groups, from the Folsom people to the Comanches, occupied the high plains of the Texas panhandle and utilized Alibates flint until the late nineteenth century. Visitors can view the ruins of a village and several petroglyphs made by the Antelope Creek people (1150-1450 AD) on a ranger-led hike.
Archaeological Fun Fact: Archaeologists have found tools made of Alibates flint at sites across the Great Plains and the Southwest.
Park website: www.nps.gov/alfl/
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