Puye Cliff Dwellings

The Puye Cliff Dwellings are the ruins of an abandoned pueblo, located in Santa Clara Canyon on Santa Clara Pueblo land near Española, New Mexico.  The site was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966.

The dwellings were carved out soft of volcanic tuff on an approximately 200 foot (61 m) cliff ridge.  The rock itself is relatively soft and can be excavated using wooden tools.

Native peoples first settled in the area in the late 10th century living in dispersed farmstead dwellings at the east side of the Jemez Mountains.

Puye Facts:

  • Up to 1500 pueblo Indians lived in the area between 900 and 1580
  • Largest complex includes two levels of cliff-dwellings and cave dwellings
  • One level of the cliff dwellings is over one mile long
  • Edgar Hewitt excavated Puye Cliffs in 1907

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Puye Cliff Dwellings. (2016, October 9). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:13, October 9, 2016, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Puye_Cliff_Dwellings&oldid=743458473

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