Antiquities of the Mesa Verde National Park: Cliff Palace

Author(s): Jesse Walter Fewkes

Year: 1911


This report describes archaeological investigations and ruins reconstruction and stabilization work done by Fewkes and his crew in the summer of 1909. In that time Fewkes describes repairing "...completely this great ruin and to leave it in such condition that tourists and students visiting it may learn much more about cliff-dwellings than was possible before the work was undertaken."

This report describes the excavation and repair work done. It increases existing knowledge by directing attention to the scientific data revealed by excavations of this largest, most picturesque,and most typical cliff-dwelling in the Southwest. Included also are the most important descriptions of Cliff Palace previously published. There is also included a description of the few minor antiquities brought to light in the progress of the work. These specimens are now in the collection of the United States National Museum (Smithsonian Institution).

Cite this Record

Antiquities of the Mesa Verde National Park: Cliff Palace. Jesse Walter Fewkes. Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin ,51. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, Washington, DC. 1911 ( tDAR id: 398949) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8J104H1

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Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 1200 to 1300

Spatial Coverage

min long: -108.596; min lat: 37.13 ; max long: -108.324; max lat: 37.335 ;

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