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  •  Great diary. (10+ / 0-)

    I visited Casa Malpais in Arizona several years ago (stayed in a yurt at Lyman Lake), and had a local volunteer take us around and explain things.  Great place!  

    I found it interesting that there is a very localized sun calendar there, which not only marks solstices and equinoxes, but has the best time to plant the main crops (which is not universal, given the elevation, exposure, and other factors there) AT THAT LOCATION on the Mogollon Rim.  I believe it was the "Three Sisters" (corn, squash, beans) planting that was efficient, fixed nitrogen, and yeilded a variety of nutrition.  There is a kiva, several rooms, a central plaza, etc.  Really fascinating place.

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    by tom 47 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 02:56:45 PM PST

    •  Thanks for posting, tom 47 (10+ / 0-)

      and sits smack in the middle of the third largest volcanic field in America (hence the name of this fascinating site. The Mogollon people were the last to use the site, I think, and I know both the Hopi and Zuni people consider this site a sacred ancestral site. And you are correct when you point the site's sun calendar and how it marked the ideal time to plan the so-called "three sisters." I plan to some day soon do a writeup on all the southern archeological sites (off the Colorado Plateau), including this site, the Gila Wilderness, and Casa Grande (to mention some). I think this assembly of sites due south of the Plateau will make for interesting DKos community reading, especially explaining more of the nuances of these sites and how and why they were built. Again, thanks for commenting. Wished that I owned and lived in a yurt. Stayed in one for a bit in Jackson Hole and wondered why would anyone live anywhere else?

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      by richholtzin on Tue Feb 19, 2013 at 03:10:26 PM PST

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      •  Mine was for rent at the state park (0+ / 0-)

        as a way of "roughing it" for camping (we flew there and it would have been a challenge to carry full gear).

        I recall the lava field and the escarpments at Malpais, and having to scramble and crawl up them to get to the top levels of the pueblo.  Made for good dirt for crops, as I remember.

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        by tom 47 on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 11:50:15 AM PST

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        •  ash from lava. . . (0+ / 0-)

          always great for sowing a new seed and harvest of plants and/or crops. Well, after all the hot stuff goes away, tom 47. I had the dubious honor of going there for the winter solstice...years ago when there was no such thing as global warming (ergo, a very cold night and day waiting for the shortest day of the year). Everything was fine until around 3 a.m., when it suddenly got a bit warmer . . . you know . . .clouds rolled in. By 5 o'clock the ceiling was creamy smooth. Hence, what solstice? Such things happen at times. Wonder how the Ancestral Puebloans and others must have dealt with such strangeness of weather ruining the dagger point of sun's rays.

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          by richholtzin on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 01:53:09 PM PST

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