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    Constructed by Ancestral Puebloans in the 1200s, the 150-room Cliff Palace was rediscovered by Richard Wetherill and Charles Mason in 1888 and is now part of Mesa Verde National Park.
    Cliff Palace
  • Cliff Palace, 1891

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    In 1891 the Swedish scholar Gustaf Nordenskiöld conducted the first significant excavations at Cliff Palace. His work stimulated wider interest in the Mesa Verde area.
    Cliff Palace, 1891



William M. Ferguson, The Anasazi of Mesa Verde and the Four Corners (Niwot: University Press of Colorado, 1996).

Florence C. Lister, Troweling Through Time: The First Century of Mesa Verdean Archaeology (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2004).

David Grant Noble, ed., The Mesa Verde World: Explorations in Ancestral Pueblo Archaeology (Santa Fe, NM: School of American Research Press, 2006).

Preserving Cliff Palace,” Mesa Verde National Park, National Park Service.

Ricardo Torres-Reyes, Mesa Verde National Park: An Administrative History, 1906–1970 (Washington, DC: National Park Service, 1970).

Barbara Wyatt, “Mesa Verde National Park Archeological District,” National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form (December 8, 1976).

Additional Information: 

“Cliff Palace,” Mesa Verde National Park, National Park Service.

Jesse Walter Fewkes, Antiquities of the Mesa Verde National Park: Cliff Palace, Bureau of American Ethnology Bulletin 51 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1911).

Gustav Nordenskiöld, The Cliff Dwellers of the Mesa Verde, Southwestern Colorado (Glorieta, NM: Rio Grande Press, 1979).