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Homolovi Ruins State Park Az
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The Homolovi Ruins State Park three miles northeast of Winslow, Arizona, at an elevation of almost 5,000 feet, has more than 300 archaeological sites spread over its 4,000 acres, including four 14th century pueblos. Homol'ovi State Park is a center for researching the migration of the Hopi that occurred during the 1200's and 1300's.
The people of the this period are called Hisat'sinom, which is the Hopi word for "long-ago people". They are often referred to as Anasazi, as the Navajo guides who helped nineteenth-century anthropologists and archaeologists called them. However, the word "Anasazi" is Navajo for "enemies of our ancestors", and the present-day Hopi population prefer to refer to them as the Hisat'sinom.
Only a few of the estimated 1,200 rooms at one pueblo have been excavated for public viewing. Two of the Homol'ovi pueblos are accessible only by driving on dirt roads. The park allows visitors to enjoy the sites and use the facilities as the study of the site allows archaeologists to learn more about Homolovi's history.
August 9th, 2013
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