The Way Up / Construction Sequence

The Way Up / Construction Sequence (HMRD0)

Location: Camp Verde, AZ 86322 Yavapai County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 36.71', W 111° 50.514'

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The Way Up

How in the world do you build a structure large enough to house 35 people high up on a steep canyon wall? Sound impossible? Here's how Montezuma Castle's ingenious Sinagua farmers managed it.

Construction Sequence

1. Limestone ledges and caves before the castle was built.

2. First construction; a six-room unit (3rd floor).

3. Small room added at west (left) end; one room built on next (4th) floor.

4. Fourth floor expanded. Two rooms built in small cave (2nd floor).

5. Parapet and two rooms built at top (5th floor); three small rooms at front (1st, 2nd floors).

6. Three stacked rooms formed the central "tower" (1st, 2nd, 3rd floors). Small storage rooms may have been built earlier.
HM NumberHMRD0
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 9:42pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 422813 N 3830320
Decimal Degrees34.61183333, -111.84190000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 36.71', W 111° 50.514'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 36' 42.60" N, 111° 50' 30.84" W
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Area Code(s)928
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-399 Montezuma Castle Rd, Camp Verde AZ 86322, US
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