GLYPH, CLIFF DWELLERS RUIN, 19. In the late 1870s a ranch hand in southwestern Colorado was exploring the mysterious, high cliff-side caves and stumbled across a trove of stone tools, pottery, fire hearths and more.Over the next few years he and his fellow cowboys hauled themselves up to these mostly inaccessible dwellings and brought back hundreds of artifacts from the ancient ones who lived there. Prior to the opening of these sites, aside from the Native Americans living in the region, very little was known about the society who chose to live hundreds of feet above the valley floor. According to descendants, this currently listed long, flat fired-clay slab was one of the better glyphs from those initial findings.
The artifact was recently acquired along with an array of those other items. This piece was uncovered at the base of a large wooden crate. The artifact is a hand-held, inscribed slab of fire-hardened clay. The incisions are broad and deep.A reflection of the dry climate and care by which this mysterious piece held sway. The sides are worn smooth, likely due to years of hand sweat polish. Multiple abrasion marks, minor dings/indents are evident. The meaning of these markings has been lost, though again, the care by which this piece was crafted suggests great importance. Perhaps this was once part of an elaborate fire-backed pot or bowl and subsequently transformed? The portability of this slab strongly suggests a personal totem of some type-- part of a shamans medicine kit or perhaps something else? The item "GLYPH, CLIFF DWELLERS RUIN, 19th Century McElmo Canyon, Colorado" is in sale since Monday, December 21, 2015. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "saltrento" and is located in Lafayette, Colorado.
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