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Sedona's Castle and the Mystery of the Anasazi

Updated on March 2, 2013
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Gloria taught for many years, and also worked as a mental health group facilitator.

By Gloria Siess, {"Garnetbird"}

The Sign at Montezuma's Castle, Sedona: a brief history/photo courtesy of C. Cartwright.
The Sign at Montezuma's Castle, Sedona: a brief history/photo courtesy of C. Cartwright.
The Castle itself/all Sedona photos courtesy of C. Cartwright.
The Castle itself/all Sedona photos courtesy of C. Cartwright.
Many believe these were constructed by the ancient ANASAZI between 500 and 700 AD.
Many believe these were constructed by the ancient ANASAZI between 500 and 700 AD.
This location would be a perfect place for a tribe to protect itself from enemies.
This location would be a perfect place for a tribe to protect itself from enemies.
The surrounding red sandstone rock formations that make Sedona so ravishing.
The surrounding red sandstone rock formations that make Sedona so ravishing.
The auburn-red tones change depending on the time of day.
The auburn-red tones change depending on the time of day.
20 miles from Sedona is an excavation relating to the Toozigoot Peoples. Many ancient cultures lived in this part of Arizona.
20 miles from Sedona is an excavation relating to the Toozigoot Peoples. Many ancient cultures lived in this part of Arizona.
"Come back.." whisper the red hills..
"Come back.." whisper the red hills..

The Secrets of an Ancient People..

 Sedona is located in Arizona, in an area rich with Native American History and intrigue.Many believe the Peoples Known as the Anasazi built the rock castles as seen in the photos. The Navaho viewed the Anasazi as mysterious and warlike, preferring to keep their distance from them.  New research indicates that the Anasazi might have practiced, among other things, human sacrifice and cannabalism, taboo activities for the sensible Navaho. { Is it any wonder that they wanted looked upon them as a threat?} Could the Anasazi have originated in Meso America, where such behavior was common among cultures such as the ancient Tol-Tec?

Artifacts from excavations and information gleamed from rock paintings, indicate that this area has been inhabited by Native Americans for at least 8,000 years. Millions of years ago Sedona was not a panorama of reddish sandstone, but covered with an ancient sea. The wind and natural erosion have worked as a team to create a masterpiece of stunning beauty over the thousands of years.

Today it is inhabited by tourist attractions and an over-abundance of "New Age" outlets, but its mystery and beauty remain intact.

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      Gloria Siess 6 years ago from Wrightwood, California

      Thank you for your kind visit!!!

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      WD Curry 111 6 years ago from Space Coast

      I grew up in an Air Force family. We lived in Tuscon. My mom made sure we saw it all. I have been here and other spots like Chaco Canyon and some Pueblo sites. Checked out the Hopis, Pimas, Maricopa and all. The photos really took me back.

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Love the works and interesting as well the history and the background.... well done Sister

      Blessings

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      Gloria Siess 7 years ago from Wrightwood, California

      Oh, Thank you--I saw the Anasazi special on the Discovery Channel. It was amazing. I just kind of did a readers digest version of it here.

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      valeriebelew 7 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Gorgeous pics with interesting information. I always learn something when I read your hubs. Thanks for the research. (: v

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      Gloria Siess 7 years ago from Wrightwood, California

      Thank you! Your comments made my day brighter!

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      What a very interesting place this must be! Would have loved to get more info on it.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Beautiful photos of Montezuma's Castle and the Sedona area. Interesting information also about the Anasazi. Having visited these spots in person, your hub is a nice reminder of our trips there. I have other hubs about Arizona. If you don't mind I would enjoy linking this hub to one or more of those. Let me know.