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Mummy Cave Ruin Canyon Del Muerto
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Mummy Cave Overlook in Canyon del Muerto, seen from Mummy Cave Overlook in Canyon de Chelly, is of a large group of ruins named following the discovery of two mummies found in the talus slope below. Canyon del Muerto (Spanish for "Canyon of the Dead"), reportedly also took its name from this find.
Mummy Cave Ruin sits within two separate overhangs several hundred feet above the canyon floor. The main structure is an impressive, angular, fort-like building with a three storey tower, sat on a projecting, sheer-walled buttress. There are many other ruined buildings at either side (over 80 rooms in total), in two deep alcoves near the base of the cliffs.
The interpretive sign at the site says that habitation began here in 300 AD, making it one of the oldest Ancestral Pueblo sites in the canyon. The center section is thought to have been built around 1280 AD by people who moved here from the Mesa Verde area as the structures resemble the Mesa Verde style.
September 11th, 2013
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