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Location Mesa Verde, Colorado   map
Date 1260 to 1280   timeline
Building Type multifamily housing complex
 Construction System bearing masonry, stone
Climate arid desert
Context rural, set in cliff face
Style Native American Vernacular
Notes The Great Tower Complex at Yellow Jacket Pueblo. At Wetherill Mesa. Timeless forms and abiding mystery. See also Cliff Dwelling.







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Part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site:

"A great concentration of Anasazi Indian dwellings, built from the 6th to the 12th centuries, can be found on the Mesa Verde plateau in southwest Colorado, at an altitude of more than 2,600 metres. Some 3,800 sites have been recorded, including villages built on the plateau, and imposing cliffside sites, built of stone and comprising more than 200 houses. "


Sources on Mug House

Kristin A. Kuckelman, ed. . Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. see, The Great Tower Complex (Architectural Block 1200).

Arthur H. Rohn. Wetherill Mesa Excavations: Mug House, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. Washington: United States National Park Service, 1971. exterior photo, plate 119, p95. exterior photo of overview of ruin, frontispiece. interior photo of kiva, p66.

Constance R. Yandell. National Parkways: A Photographic and Comprehensive Guide to Mesa Verde National Park, Canyon de Chelly National Monument and Hovenweep National Monument. Photography by Michael D. Yandell. Casper, WY: National Parks Division of World-Wide Research and Publishing Co., 1987. exterior photo of mug house, p41.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.—



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