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Ancient Pueblo Dwellers

Normally we wouldn't place a North American archeological site onto but this site caught our attention since it was located so close to the most northern Thamudic inscription found in North America. (along the banks of the Colorado River). (See How Far did the Nabataean Explorers Reach?) The ancient Pueblo Dwellers of America were different from all of the surrounding tribes. Their homes, their pottery and their lifestyle was different from everyone else's. So a team organized by visited Mesa Verde in 2006 to see just how the Pueblo Dwellers compared with the Nabataeans, and if there was any evidence of contact between these two civilizations. Check out the photos below to see if you agree with what we concluded.

Below: Entering an underground room.


Below: Channels cut in the rock collect water and direct it to cisterns.

Below: A dam across a wadi collects water. The dam is now filled with silt.

Water was collected from several miles of run-off and directed in channels to the large collection point below. This area is now filled with silt. The water entered on the right and was collected in the large cistern.

Below: Cut water channels



Right: Water was collected over many miles of desert.

Below: Pueblo Dweller Pottery. Notice the thin red style of pottery. This was unique to the Pueblo Dwellers, and unique to them in North America.



Similarities between the Pueblo Dwellers of central USA and the Nabtaeans of Arabia

Both were merchant tribes.
Both loved secluded, protected desert locations 
Both had similar water collection systems
Both had similar thin red pottery
Thamudic inscriptions demonstrate that Nabataean exploers past near by the Pueblo Dwellers.
Timeline similarities: During the 'Basketmaker I & II' periods of the Pueblo Dwellers (AD 1 - AD 400) they lived in open country. However, the Basketmaker III period shows sudden change, (AD 400 - AD 700). Pottery was developed, accurate weaponry developed, pithosues established, and a sudden interest in merchant activity began, followed by the development of Pueblos, and hidden housing. Did contact happen between these civilizations sometime around 200 - 300 AD?
 While we realize that this is all pure speculation, it is interesting to consider.

Was there contact between these two groups of people?

Short of a clear inscription stating so, there is no conclusive proof.

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