National Geographic : 1932 Jul
Photograph by Charles Martin THIS APARTMENT HOUSE BUZZED WITH ACTIVITY EIGHT CENTURIES AGO The cliff dwellers of Mesa Verde were excellent masons, although they are believed to have acquired the artrelatively ashort time before this great structure, Cliff Palace, was erected. Like the other cliff houses, it was a community dwelling, with theseparate units built bydifferent hands. Some of the cubical rooms and towers are of the most careful and finished workmanship. The large circular, sunken apartments along thelower edge of the palace are the remains of kivas, which were used as ceremonial chambers and clubrooms. In them the men oftheclans instructed theyouths intribal practices and ceremonies.