Life on the Open Road (April 2006 - May 2008)

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I have been a full-time RVer for 18 years, primarily "boondocking," camping free without hookups, in the Western US. I am connected electronically with the world via satellite TV, phone and internet. My batteries are charged solely by solar panels. I welcome your comments and emails.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Seven Kivas


While at Goosenecks SP, we went on a rather strenuous hike to see the Seven Kiva Ruin in Road Canyon on Cedar Mesa. The hike isn’t that long; the difficult part is getting down into the 400'-deep canyon. Here’s Randy trying to find the rather obscure "trail."


Once in the canyon, the going got a little easier.


The Seven Kivas are in pretty good shape, considering their age, but only 2 of them still have their roofs. Kivas were round subterranean ceremonial chambers used for religious or social functions. The entrance into the kiva was from the top, down a ladder. Each kiva also had a "sipapu," a symbolic entrance to the spirit world.




Lots of artifacts were lying around: potshards, little corn husks, little bones, etc.


Down canyon a little were some nice petroglyphs.

2 Comments:

Blogger Janet Johns said...

Beautiful! Hayduke Country for sure. Do you know when Seven Kivas was abandoned??

Lew

6:57 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

I haven't read aything specific about Seven Kivas, Lew, but the BLM has documented 1700 ancient sites in the Cedar Mesa area, most of which date from 900 to 1300 AD.

9:13 PM  

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