Fire Temple

Fire Temple (HM1DL9)

Location: Mesa Verde National Park, CO 81330 Montezuma County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 9.884', W 108° 28.752'

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Dance Plaza
Though the large alcove below is filled with Puebloan construction, there is no evidence of any habitation. The central pit - too large for domestic cook fires - held layer upon layer of ashes. Fire Temple's size and carefully crafted, symmetrical features suggest community-wide ceremonial gathers.

New Fire House
To the right is New Fire House. Though it lacks the alcove expanse of Cliff Palace or even Oak Tree House, this split-level village makes efficient use of natural ledges. Look for the hand and toe trail connecting the two levels. (There must have been a ladder as well.)

(Left Graphic Caption)
The upper ledge supports thirteen rooms and a set of three grinding bins. The lower level has seven rooms and three kivas.

(Right Photo Caption)
Originally the walls were covered with human, animal, and geometric figures painted red on white plaster. Present-day Hopi Indians use similar designs in their seasonal ceremonies.
HM NumberHM1DL9
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 8:36am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 723825 N 4116122
Decimal Degrees37.16473333, -108.47920000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 9.884', W 108° 28.752'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 9' 53.04" N, 108° 28' 45.12" W
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Area Code(s)970
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 49 State Hwy 10, Mesa Verde National Park CO 81330, US
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