National Geographic : 1967 Jul
Pre-Columbian pictographs of three men with weapons and shields inspired the name of Defiance House, a 20-room Anasazi village in Forgotten Can yon. Abandoned for 700 years, the cliffside dwell ings lay undisturbed until University of Utah arche ologists discovered them eight years ago. Most roofs remained intact; pottery vessels still held food. Scientists speculate that severe drought in the late 13th century forced the Anasazi-Navajo for the "Ancient Ones"-to flee southward. Waters of Lake Powell, rising into Forgotten Canyon, will not flood Defiance House, but will bring boaters within easy walking distance. Low and narrow doorways that require stooping (below) may have been a device used by the Pueblo people to discourage invaders. Rubbing dry corn between handstone and slanted slab, or metate, Loie Belknap demonstrates how Defiance House women made meal.