Hovenweep Ruins

May 1, 2011

The Hovenweep ruins in southeastern Utah are interesting for their extraordinary stone masonry. These ancestral Puebloans lived here in the 13th century. They grew corn, beans, squash and other crops in nearby small fields and terraces, often using check dams for irrigation. Hovenweep is the Ute/Paiute name for “Deserted Valley” but the local Hopis who still come for ceremonies call it “Waakiki” (place of refuge). We wonder why.



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