Monday, May 13, 2013

Utah Places: Hovenweep

Hovenweep is a fascinating site for those with an interest in ancient ruins.

 The site contains numerous towers and dwellings supposedly constructed by Anasazi indians who lived in this area ages ago.  The Anasazi civilization mysteriously disappeared at some point in the distant past.  By about 1300 AD, Hovenweep was deserted.

sunset at Hovenweep

The slots and doors of Hovenweep Castle, in Square Tower Group, have been shown to define an apparent solar calendar. The building is aligned so that light is channeled through openings into the building at sunset of the summer solstice, the winter solstice and the spring and fall equinox. The light falls in a predictable pattern on interior door lintels.

Sunlight illuminates a spiral petroglyph

ancient ruins at the edge of the canyon

curious dwelling constructed in the shelter of a boulder

map of the region

detail of masonry wall construction

Hovenweep Castle

ruins at sunset

 petroglyphs of hands

1 comment:

Brian Backus said...

Isn't this place awesome?