Our next passage is entitled
Archaeological Expedition to Arizona.
As I researched for this passage of Social Sciences,
so this will be a little bit more factual in nature
and detail-oriented and maybe we might expect
for archaeology when we maybe approach
archaeology in our day-to-day life as kind
of this interesting study of past cultures.
We did a bit of that in this passage but we're also going to
really approach this from an objective point of view as
We're told by the author that we have some ruins which
while in that any way peculiar closely resemble
others found in a similar position throughout
this region in Arizona and New Mexico.
I think this connects the importance of what we're
about to study to kind of a larger discussion.
Then the author states to let us first consider the
series of caves from a point opposite our camp
to the promontory which forms a pinnacle at
the mouth of the first of the 2 side cabins.
At the end of the next paragraph then he states
"It was impossible to reach several of the rooms
and it is probable that when the caves were inhabited,
access to any one of them was even more difficult."
So, we have maybe some type of a security feature
automatically built in to this structure,
and so I'm always looking for like what the function of all
is and perhaps it is on purpose that these are not easily
Next, the author states "Judging
from the number of rooms,
the cliffs on the left bank of the Verde must have
been a considerable population when inhabited."
And then this inaccessible position furnished the
inhabitants with a safe refuge from enemies.
I think this kind of reinforces our thought of what the
of these ruins are and this also places them in a human
So I just like to think of how interesting it would be to
kind of you
living in these highly inaccessible ruins, but to have a
That distracts me as interested.
We are told that this structure is dugout of soft rock and
fragments of wood were very rarely seen in these cliff
I just took a note of maybe the materials that were used to
well would have been the original edifice that is now ruins.
Then we have the last room at the southern end near the
promontory at the right of the entrance to a side canyon
has walls in front resembling those of true cliff houses
and pueblos in the Red Rock Country further northward.
Again, I just think this connects to a larger meaning and a
larger context so I thought that was important to highlight.
In the final paragraph, the author
states this group of cavate dwellings
were all a good example of the cavern type of ruins is
so closely associated both in geographical position
and in archaeological remains but other types in Verde
we are justified and referring them to one in the same
So I think this just really connects this
immediate context with other people's.
The author is kind of hindered at this going forward, but at
this point he
just really states based on the evidence these are actually
the same people.
Lastly, we conclude with they are
entered from a projecting ledge formed
by the top of the talus which follows
the level of their entrances.
So this is kind of a funny way to conclude a passage.
It doesn't sound like the resounding conclusion.
It doesn't sound so much as an opinion, but because this is
passage the structure along communicates function to a large
and so it's okay to end on kind of what would otherwise be
of an odd note if these were an opinionated humanities