Sunday, April 12, 2015
Tuzigoot National Monument (or as my dad called it, "Tooti-Frooti") is a sister monument to Montezuma. Both were inhabited by the same tribe of natives, the Sinagua. This thousand year old pueblo village sits on top of a hill in the middle of basin surrounded by mountains and mesas, fortunately with the Verde River right at it's feet. Located just around 20 miles from Montezuma, and surrounded by countless other Sinagua settlements, it seems to have been a center of the culture and trade of that area.
Like Montezuma, the rooms were accessed by ladders and entrances on the roof, so I can only imagine what it would have been like to climb up this hillside and then venture around from roof to roof. There was only one doorway in the entire structure which they believe lead to a storage room right off the public gathering area.
Tuzigoot was found to have more well-preserved artifacts than any other local native settlement from that time period, providing a wealth of information about the Sinagua people who lived there. From weapons and tools to pottery and textiles, hundreds of artifacts in great condition (for their age) can been seen in the information center there.