Granary Ruin, Canyon de Chelly

Granary Ruin   Copyright © 2006 John D. Clark

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Granaries were built throughout the four corners area by the various Indian groups. This granary in Mystery Valley is a typical example of Anasazi and later Navajo storage structures. When grain was actually stored here, the entry would be completely sealed, preventing rodents or pests from eating the grain, and reducing spoilage. The Basketmakers stored grain in pits dug into the floors of caves known as "cists". Cists were typically 2 feet deep and 2 to 6 feet across, lined with thin stones cemented with adobe and shredded juniper.


© 2006 John D. Clark
Updated 12/28/2006