A second set of images from Walnut Canyon, AZ. One of the many curious things that caught my attention in the canyon were the large, stone blocks, as seen in two of these images.Nature usually doesn’t do right angles or very flat surfaces.The block-like stones just seemed like an anomaly, to me. Also, I found it interesting that the living spaces you see, carved out of the rock, would seem to be a place where soot from fires would be visible. One possibility for the lack of soot is that this canyon was used seasonally ( in the warmer months) to escape the desert heat. Still, you would think fire would be needed for cooking…..so? Just seems curious to me. To do all of this work to set up a major dwelling area, on the canyon cliffs, took a lot of planning, labor and seemingly a cooperative effort.
For me, Walnut Canyon is fascinating and deserves a lot more investigation. Unfortunately , once areas like this come under the purview of the National Park Service, exploratory efforts are nearly impossible to initiate. The same goes for the Grand Canyon; there is an area of the ‘Park’ that is off limits to people. This same area is also a no-fly zone, where all air traffic is banned. Although I think the National Park Service does a great service to keep areas safe and keep up trails, it also allows them to control where people go and what they see. If there are discoveries to be made, which I think there are, that can only be done outside of the NPS and under the distinct possibility of arrest/prosecution.
Native Americans,, who have lived in this area for millennia, have quite an interesting history of the canyon to tell that seems to contradict contemporary thought. Here is a link to an Arizona Republic article that is a worthwhile read.