Lifeline / Prehistoric Produce

Lifeline / Prehistoric Produce (HMRD8)

Location: Camp Verde, AZ 86322 Yavapai County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 36.688', W 111° 50.564'

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Beaver Creek has always been a major focus of life in the Verde Valley. Prehistoric Sinagua farmers constructed Montezuma Castle and other structures near the creek. They dug ditches to carry creek water to irrigate the fields of corn, beans, squash, and cotton they cultivated on flat patches of creek-bottom land. They also hunted animals attracted by the creek, and gathered creekside plants.

Ever-sensitive to the moods of Beaver Creek - because their lives literally depended on it - the Sinagua watched their lifeline change with the seasons. Sometimes - seemingly in the blink of an eye - the gentle, clear meander grew into a raging, muddy torrent, leaving debris stranded high in creekside trees.

Prehistoric Produce

For Montezuma Castle's Sinagua residents, there was no dropping by the market to pickup a last-minute staple or two. If plants were needed, the Sinagua either had to grow them or find them already growing. An ancient tradition of living off the land taught them how, when, and where. Look for markers along the trail that identify some of the plants the Sinagua used. [Marker show Hackberry, Arizona sycamore, and Yucca]
HM NumberHMRD8
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 12:24am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 422736 N 3830280
Decimal Degrees34.61146667, -111.84273333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 36.688', W 111° 50.564'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 36' 41.28" N, 111° 50' 33.84" W
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Area Code(s)928
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2141 Montezuma Castle Rd, Camp Verde AZ 86322, US
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