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!

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