AIA Fieldwork Photo Contest 2022

Entry 51879

Submitted by Hayley Norton

Bandelier National Monument

Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States

Category: Archaeological Landscapes

Image of the Alcove House, taken 140ft above the floor of Frijoles Canyon. The pueblo was the home of around 25 Ancestral Pueblo people, and part of a larger settlement dating from the Pueblo III Era (1150 to 1350) to the Pueblo IV Era (1350 to 1600). I reached the site with my Mother, by climbing four wooden ladders and stone stairs. At the end of the trail we were rewarded with a view of the canyon below, and the niches of the former habitations carved directly into the cliffside.

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