The Neighborhood / Mysterious Departures

The Neighborhood / Mysterious Departures (HMRD9)

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° 50.543'

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The Neighborhood
You can see Montezuma Castle and Castle A from here. If you look closely at the Cliffside, you might spot other ledges and caves used by the Sinagua.

The Sinagua people who made their homes here may have been a closely-knit community of families and friends. Even though the trappings of civilization change over time, people's social needs don't. Take a moment to imagine busy villagers doing their daily chores, perhaps chatting about the weather, crops, an upcoming hunt, or a recent death in the community.

Mysteriously, the neighborhood began to break up sometime around A.D. 1400. Within 50 years, Montezuma Castle was completely deserted.

Mysterious Departures
Life must have been good. The Sinagua farmed beside Beaver Creek, and lived in their large, carefully constructed villages for 300 years. It's obvious they came to stay, and built to last - yet sometime in the 1400s, they mysteriously began to leave.

Could the reason have been disease? Drought? Overpopulation, resulting in scarce farmland and game? Invasion, or inter-group strife? The breakup of trade networks?

No one really knows why they left, or where they went - but Hopi Indian legends and lifeways suggest the Sinagua may have joined them on their mesas to the southeast.
HM NumberHMRD9
Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 5:14am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 422768 N 3830280
Decimal Degrees34.61146667, -111.84238333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 36.688', W 111° 50.543'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 36' 41.28" N, 111° 50' 32.58" 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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