Mesa Verde is a UNESCO World Heritage in southwest Colorado. It is most famous for the well-preserved, 800 year old Anasazi cliff dwellings. In this first of two videos, a Mesa Verde National Park Ranger explains various aspects of the park, the dwellings and the history of the people. Here are some signposts if you’d like to skip ahead.
0:00 — The people who lived here and how we know
1:20 — The Anasazi creation story
2:00 — Learning to live in the region
4:30 — Why the Anasazi chose the cliffs and how they obtained water from the sandstone
6:45 — An introduction to the work area and storage rooms
7:30 — Constructing the cliff dwellings and division of labor
9:10 — On whether the Anasazi were involved in warfare