Canyon de Chelly,Mummy Cave overlook,morning, photo

Mummy Cave

Canyon de Chelly

Mummy Cave, located deep within Canyon del Muerto at Canyon de Chelly National Park, contains a number of ancient structures that were built at various times in history. The central structure shown in this image is the newest in the complex, and is situated between two deeper alcoves that comprise Mummy Cave. It is likely the last pueblo the Anasazi occupied before abandoning the Canyon de Chelly region around 1300 A.D. The caves take their name from two mummified bodies, found still wrapped in yucca plant fiber, by an archeological expedition in 1882. Photo © copyright by Robert Faucher.

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