The Palatki Ruins
Several miles from the center
of town, and a seven mile bumpy dirt road leads you to the Palatki
Native American ruins. Palatki is a Hopi word that means "Red
House". The ruins are built under a Supai sandstone overhang
which affords shelter from the elements and protection from intruders.
They were constructed by the Southern Sinagua people who inhabited
the area from about 650 A.D. to around 1300 A.D
Here's Mary Ann at the entrance
to the central part of the ruins. Archaeologists can postulate
the age of the ruins because of the remains of wooden crossbeams
that have been carbon dated.
Yours truly among the Palatki
ruins looking for Petroglyphs on the rock face.
Here's Mary Ann inside the main
room of the ruins. The holes you see along the wall are for wooden
crossbeams that used to support the first floor of the structure.
She is standing on about three feet of debris above the main floor.
The height of the structure indicates that the people who built
this structure were a little over 5 foot tall.
To the West of the main structure,
you can see the remaining ruins which are too fragile to explore.
Located on the West side of the
site are several caverns with hundreds of Petroglyphs. Because
of the overhang and surrounding rock structures, these magnificent
Petroglyphs have been preserved. Some of this artwork dates well
before the ruins to the East - and is estimated to be 3000 to
6000 years old!