In Spanish it means green table.

This is what the prehistoric Pueblo Indian Settlements in the Mesa Verde Plateau might have looked.

For nearly 700 years, the ancestral Puebloan culture flourished in this area in southwest Colorado.

National Geographic Travel gives you a glimpse of the Mesa Verde Plateau where elaborate villages were constructed on the Mesa tops, canyons and cliffs from the sixth to the 12th centuries.

There are 4,400 archaeological sites that have been identified in the area.

The most famous of which is Cliff Palace on Chapin Mesa.

The Palace has 150 rooms constructed of sandstone and mud mortar.

Some 24 Native American tribes consider the Cliff Palace to be their ancestral home.

Because of its historical significance, Mesa Verde National Park was the first archaeological site in the world to be protected by law.

Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers an incredible look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who have made it their home for over 700 years.

Posted by National Geographic Travel on Wednesday, 7 November 2018

 

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