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Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park:
Reconstructed ruins of the Salado Indians at Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park in Globe, Arizona    More than a thousand years ago, long before Columbus sailed to discover the "New World," the Salado Indians created an intricate culture in what is now Arizona. Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park in Globe offers a first-hand look at how people in the Salado Culture (the period from 1150 to 1450) lived and worked. Visitors can walk through a reconstructed 700-year-old Salado pueblo, climb ladders to second-story rooms and view artifacts of the era. The Besh-Ba-Gowah Museum holds one of the largest single-site archaeological collections in the Southwest and is one of the most significant finds of Southwest archaeology.

   Inside the museum, visitors can view two models of the ruins; one displaying the present condition and the other a reconstructed pueblo from 1325 A.D. Stone items on display include manos and metates, delicately carved stone palettes, stone axes and hoes, obsidian points, turquoise beads, local minerals, a bow drill for bead making and shell jewelry, evidence of trading networks extending to the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. In addition, woven baskets and mats, sandals made from yucca leaves, and fine woven cloth are displayed. One wall of the museum is covered with shelves of ancient pottery. Besh-Ba-Gowah has an impressive collection of decorated ware, including a diverse range of pottery.



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