Homes in High Places

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Homes in High Places They have stood on tall cliffs clay jars that stored grain for food. for centuries. They look almost like We have even uncovered seashells, apartment buildings. They were pieces of cotton cloth, and other once the homes of an American items that don’t come from this area. Indian people of the Southwestern These clues tell us that the Anasazi United States. Yet they lie empty traded with people who lived today. hundreds of miles away. These homes were made by people who were great builders. By about The walls are carved stones held 1300, the together by adobe. Adobe is mud Anasazi and clay baked hard in the sun. abandoned The buildings are up to five stories most of their tall. In the year 1200, each building cliff homes. housed hundreds of people. People Their reasons usually used ladders or ropes to for leaving get from floor to floor. Amazingly, are still not the people who built them had no known. Did power machines. They had only enemies hand tools made of stone.come to their village? Did The people who lived in these the climate become too cold for dwellings are often called the growing crops? No one is sure. The Anasazi. We don’t know what they people moved south to present- called themselves because they seem day New Mexico and Arizona. The to have had no written language. groups they formed there still live in The dry desert air preserved many the Southwest today. These groups of their things, however. This is include the Hopi, the Pima, and the how we know that they planted Zuni. crops such as corn and squash. We know that they built stone paths that The old Anasazi cliff homes are brought water to their crops. We still here. They are in places such have found “water pots” carved into as Mesa Verde in Colorado. People the rock. These water pots collected from all over the world visit these rainwater. We have found beautiful amazing buildings. ™ © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt! Duplication is restricted to licensees only.

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