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Lowry Pueblo
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Excavated ruins and a protective roof at Lowry Pueblo

Excavated ruins and a protective roof at Lowry Pueblo

This pueblo was excavated in the 1930's and named for a local pioneer. The existence of intact plastered walls and decorative art inside the kivas prompted the unusual step of roofing over part of the ruin area.

Lowry Pueblo, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado

Date photographed: June 10, 2014
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Entrance to the kiva at Lowry Pueblo

Entrance to the kiva at Lowry Pueblo

It is possible to enter the kiva inside Lowry Pueblo through this small doorway.

Lowry Pueblo, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado

Date photographed: June 10, 2014
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The roofed-over kiva at Lowry Pueblo

The roofed-over kiva at Lowry Pueblo

When Lowry Pueblo was excavated in the 1930's the two kivas retained their painted plaster wall treatments. Despite construction of a roof the plaster in this kiva deteriorated and is now gone. The second kiva was re-filled with dirt to preserve its remnants of plaster.Lowry Pueblo, named for a local farmer, dates from circa 1060 A.D. and has about 40 rooms. The roof was built to protect plaster walls surviving in two kivas at the east end of the pueblo.

Lowry Pueblo, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado

Date photographed: June 10, 2014
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The great kiva at Lowry Pueblo

The great kiva at Lowry Pueblo

Great kivas occur in a limited number of Puebloan sites, mostly those associated with the Chaco culture. There is one here at Lowry Pueblo on the Great Sage Plain, along with two smaller family kivas.

Lowry Pueblo, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Colorado

Date photographed: June 10, 2014
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Well drilling and road building near Lowry Pueblo

Well drilling and road building near Lowry Pueblo

Drilling for oil, gas, and carbon dioxide is ongoing within Canyon of the Ancients National Monument, along with road improvements and pipeline construction.

west of Pleasant View, Colorado

Date photographed: June 10, 2014
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