Panorama looking out an alcove containing of Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the Southwest US. Circa 1250 C.E. This is a particularly beautiful setting, looking out on a small collection of trees by a small stream cutting through a canyon. Standing in an isolated site like this and looking out at the night sky you can get a glimpse of the world that these ancient people lived in. _______________________________________ The people preferred to build in south facing alcoves for winter sun and summer shade. This means that you usually look out from the alcove to see the Milky Way. It’s like looking out of a giant window to the stars! ______________________________________No. 11 in an ongoing series of Ancient Puebloan Ruins in the SW USA. This is a project I have been working on intermittently for about 4 years. Most of the ruins I will post are from about 1000 C.E. to 1200 C.E. These were a fascinating and remarkable people who lived and thrived in a harsh and arid landscape on the Colorado Plateau and surrounding lands. They abandoned the area around 1300 C.E., and the cause has been a long standing mystery, although a long term drought is thought to contribute. They are believed to be the ancestors of the Modern Pueblo People of the SW USA. There are now several names for these ancient people, including the Ancestral Puebloans, the Anasazi, and the Cliff Dwellers. The Modern Puebloan descendants prefer the name Ancestral Puebloans. _______________________________________