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Indian Ruins, Globe, Arizona

Besh-Ba-Gowah Apache Indian Ruins
We visited the Besh-Ba-Gowah Apache Indian Ruins this past Labor Day weekend. This site is huge with its two story structure and well-kept grounds surrounding the location.

History:
Besh-Ba-Gowah has one of the largest single site archaeological collections in the southwest and is one of the most significant finds of Southwest archaeology. It is one of the largest and most complex of the Salado communities. Archaeologists consider Besh-Ba-Gowah a ceremonial, redistribution and food storage complex. Salado Culture is identified as the cultural period from 1150 to 1450 in the Tonto Basin. Besh-Ba-Gowah had about 400 rooms, of these about 250 were ground floor rooms. Precise numbers are impossible due to modern destruction of sections. Entrance to the pueblo was via a long narrow ground level corridor covered by the second level. The corridor opened onto the main plaza. This may have had defensive purpose. [more info]

GPS Directions Location Data
Date: 09.03.2011
Temp: 104°
Elevation: 3700 ft

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