It is unusual that the climate is this dry. The Foreman says its a seven year drought. Two pond as you can see is almost gone and Collier Tank is dry. The last duck is over at the 10 foot of water left at two pond. It is suppose to be the monsoon season but no real rains yet. It just may be that what I am finding and seeing has never been seen as it is only the dry weather that allows me to explore the region. The fossils may only be bleeding out of the canyon walls because of the drought. The pottery is only exposed because the hot dry wind is uncovering it by removing the surface layer. One thing is for sure, I could not have seen the ruin just on the left as you drive by the dry Collier Tank at any other time. As a result of the dry area I was able to go a slightly different route to approach the big water full. To my amazement and surprise there it was. Just a couple hundred feet from where I had been driving in the past. Were we all blind as once you saw the rock towers you could not see anything else. It was more than just a village, it had much pottery and chipped quartz all around. The rooms were defined on the ground and each corner had a rock tower. It seemed that someone had dug a trench and exposed the pit house walls. A reward for anyone who can offer a good explanation of why these towers or corners are standing like this. If you send me an email with your explanation and we like it..... we will send you a couple of the pottery fragments from this village.
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There was so much pottery that it began to confound me. It was not just on the south east side, it was extending in a south direction right up to the canyon walls. I told Dave my team partner this trip that either there was a cliff dwelling some where up the canyon wall or there was another village on top of the butte. This meant climbing the canyon walls. No easy feat for me and Dave. After struggling to get up to the first ledge of the walls I determined that the pottery was coming from the top of this butte and the mesa above. The climb was rough and the heat was worse. It must have been 100 degrees and we could only find two places to get over the top. Each looked bad so I took on and Dave the other. We knew we could not get back down the way we had come up be the prize seemed to great to pass up. Once on the top we crossed a micro climate and sand dune. Through some trees only to reveal a new set of walls in the distance. I knew if we had to climb it as well we would have to give up and start our trek back to the car. The closer to the new wall and butte we got the more pottery we found. These mesa tops and walls remind me of the steps of central asia. There was a mound with pottery all around. This was it. It was the source. We had found another village. There was a magic in its location. As I stood at the highest point of the building I could see that there was a central focus. The big water fall. The big water fall pointed directly to this spot. The talking lights in the niches were focused directly here. This was the village the water fall communicated with. These were the people who did the petroglyphs to the falls. It was obvious that trenching had taken place here also. The type of building was different then that below in the canyon. We would not have to visit the big water fall and view the village from there. It's the next week and we are on the way to the big water fall. Its an hour climb through rough terrain. The big fall is a run off of Mesa Preiatta. On one side it is canyon and sand stone on the other its volcanic rock and large pumice. From the top of the fall it was obvious. The fall was at the same level as the village. The search light and talking lights were aimed directly at the village. There was a magic in the connection high in the air over a great distance yet connected. On the way from the fall to the village many petroglyphs could be made out. The next set up dwellings had a grinder placed on the wall. This is the first flat grinder I have found. I also found the pusher rock for it as well.
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