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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.
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  • 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

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References: 

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).

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