touring Puye Cliff Dwellings, New Mexico
tuff that makes up the rock cliffs at Puye Cliff Dwellings
is soft enough to have allowed the Ancient Pueblo inhabitants
to carve openings and caves in the cliff face. The rooms
and spaces they created were used as additional living,
cooking, or storage spaces, located at the back of the
adobe structures that once lined the cliffside. The carved-out
rooms also provided protection from their enemies, which
included armored Spanish soldiers who had travelled north
from Mexico, intending to expand their empire in the mid-1500's.
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