Pithouse Life

Pithouse Life (HM1CMA)

Location: Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330 Montezuma County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 9.792', W 108° 29.082'

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Mesa Verde National Park

There is an enormous gap between identifying pithouse features—the hollows and scattered stones—and visualizing the inhabitants' daily lives. Set in the four corner post holes, timbers supported a ceiling that was probably head-high. Above the firepit there was probably a smoke hole, which also may have been the pithouse entrance. Some features are more revealing.

Grinding Corn
The grinding stone and slab - mano and metate - symbolize the Anasazi's new ties to the mesa top. Grinding corn into cornmeal was a constant chore. Dried or parched corn could be stored in pottery vessels for years in the dry, Southwest climate. The stored corn enabled the Anasazi to survive the long, cold winters.
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 8:49pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 723341 N 4115939
Decimal Degrees37.16320000, -108.48470000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 9.792', W 108° 29.082'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 9' 47.52" N, 108° 29' 4.92" W
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Area Code(s)970
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3101 State Hwy 10, Mesa Verde National Park CO 81330, US
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