Featuring a Hovenweep ruin from the Square Tower group with Sleeping Ute Mountain off in the distance.
Edition of 1
- One-of-a-kind archival canvas.
- Digitally mastered from Christina Stefani’s original painting.
- Art Size: 30 x 24 inches.
- Framed Size: 32.5 w x 26.5 h x 2.75 depth (inches), ready to hang.
Framed with an exquisite solid wood 1.25-inch floating frame in “Warm Brown.”
A half-inch space is left between the canvas and the frame to achieve a three-dimensional look without matting or glass.
What is Hovenweep?
Ancestral Puebloans built the towers of Hovenweep, a sedentary farming culture that occupied the Four Corners area of southwestern United States from about A.D. 500 to A.D. 1300.
Most of Hovenweep was constructed between A.D. 1200 and 1300. There are various shapes and sizes, including square and circular towers, D-shaped dwellings, and many kivas (Puebloan ceremonial structures, usually circular). The masonry at Hovenweep is as skillful as it is beautiful, exhibiting careful construction and attention to detail. Some structures built on irregular boulders remain standing after more than 700 years.
Many theories attempt to explain the use of the buildings at Hovenweep. The striking towers might have been celestial observatories, defensive structures, storage facilities, civil buildings, homes, or any above combination. While archeologists have found that most towers were associated with kivas, their actual function remains a mystery.
By the end of the 13th century, it appears a prolonged drought, possibly combined with resource depletion, factionalism, and warfare, forced the inhabitants of Hovenweep to depart. Though the reason is unclear, ancestral Puebloans migrated south to the Rio Grande Valley in New Mexico and the Little Colorado River Basin in Arizona. Today's Pueblo, Zuni and Hopi people are descendants of this culture.
Source: National Park Service
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