In the Dinétah I

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Joseph Tainter Veteran Member • Posts: 9,709
In the Dinétah I
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The Navajo lived in this area of northwestern New Mexico in the early 18th century. To protect themselves from raids by Utes, they built defensive homes on high hills and boulders up remote side canyons. The area is still remote.

The first two photos were taken with the film-era SMC-F 70-210 F4.0-5.6. I am pleased by how it performs on the K-1. The others were taken with the DFA 24-70 F2.8.

Photo 1: This is the Simon Canyon Ruin, dating to about 1715 to 1723. Can you pick out the defensive structure? It blends into the landscape well, but the Utes could probably pick it out. For one thing there would have been smoke.

Here is the main structure, high on a boulder:

Nearby are rock art panels, dating to centuries earlier. This one is called the Warrior Panel, probably carved in the 13th century:

Joe

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