Zenfolio | Jack Surran Photography | Mesa Verde | Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park
Taken 18-May-14
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Photo Info

Dimensions4320 x 2880
Original file size25.5 MB
Image typeTIFF
Color spacesRGB
Date taken18-May-14 17:52
Date modified9-Jun-14 18:21
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D700
Focal length92 mm
Focal length (35mm)92 mm
Max lens aperturef/5.3
Exposure1/800 at f/14
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias-2/3 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Normal
ISO speedISO 400
Metering modeCenter-weighted average
Digital zoom1x
Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park

Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park

The Cliff Palace contains 23 kivas (round sunken rooms of ceremonial importance), and 150 rooms and had a population of approximately 100 people. One kiva, in the center of the ruin, is at a point where the entire structure is partitioned by a series of walls with no doorways or other access portals. The walls of this kiva were plastered with one color on one side and a different color on the opposing side. It is estimated that around 100 people inhabited Cliff Palace during its time of use. "It is thought that Cliff Palace was a social, administrative site with high ceremonial usage". Archaeologists believe that the Cliff Palace contained more clans than the surrounding Mesa Verde communities. This belief stems from the higher ratio of rooms to kivas. Cliff Palace has a room to kiva ratio of 9 to 1. The average room to kiva ratio for a Mesa Verde community is 12 to 1.