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At this roadside state park in lovely Boulder, Utah, museum exhibits, an excavated village site, and a pueblo replica provide a look into the life of the Anasazi, or Ancestral Pueblan, people. The Anasazi stayed here and farmed for 50-75 years sometime between 1160 and 1235. The village population peaked at about 200, with an estimated 40-50 dwellings. Why the Anasazi left or where they went isn't known for sure, but a fire swept through much of the village before the Anasazi abandoned it. University of Utah students and faculty excavated the village, known as the Coombs Site, in the 1950s. A self-guided tour of the ruins passes a range of ...

At this roadside state park in lovely Boulder, Utah, museum exhibits, an excavated village site, and a pueblo replica provide a look into the life of the Anasazi, or Ancestral Pueblan, people. The Anasazi stayed here and farmed for 50-75 years sometime between 1160 and 1235. The village population peaked at about 200, with an estimated 40-50 dwellings. Why the Anasazi left or where they went isn't known for sure, but a fire swept through much of the village before the Anasazi abandoned it. University of Utah students and faculty excavated the village, known as the Coombs Site, in the 1950s. A self-guided tour of the ruins passes a range of Anasazi building styles — a pit house, masonry walls, and mud walls reinforced by sticks. Replicas of living areas and storage rooms behind the museum show complete construction details.

Judy Jewell
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Judy Jewell and W.C. McRae are frequent collaborators: together they have written Moon Handbooks to Montana, Utah, and Zion-Bryce and updated the Moon Handbooks to Oregon and Coastal Oregon. Judy wrote the Compass American Guide to Oregon.

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