North America: Ancient cities / Hovenweep Castle

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In 1854, W.D. Huntington and an expedition of colonists from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were the first people of European descent to see the Hovenweep ruins, which were already known to the Ute and Navajo tribes. The name Hovenweep, which means "deserted valley" in Piute/Ute languages, was adopted by pioneer photographer William Henry Jackson in 1874. The name is apt as a description of the area's desolate canyons and barren mesas as well as the ruins of ancient communities.


 

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