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The Lowry Pueblo is an Ancestral Puebloan archaeological site located in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument near Pleasant View, Colorado, United States. The pueblo was constructed around 1060 AD atop abandoned pithouses from an earlier period of occupation. It was occupied by 40 to 100 people at a time for 165 years.[3] The structure was built up to about 40 rooms and featured multiple kivas. The architecture of Lowry Pueblo was influenced by the settlement at Chaco Canyon, approximately 100 miles to the south.[3]

Lowry Ruin
Lowry Pueblo
Lowry Pueblo is located in Colorado
Lowry Pueblo
Lowry Pueblo is located in the United States
Lowry Pueblo
LocationMontezuma County, Colorado, USA
Nearest cityPleasant View, Colorado
Coordinates37°35′4.31″N 108°55′10.73″W / 37.5845306°N 108.9196472°W / 37.5845306; -108.9196472Coordinates: 37°35′4.31″N 108°55′10.73″W / 37.5845306°N 108.9196472°W / 37.5845306; -108.9196472
NRHP reference #66000253
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 15, 1966[1]
Designated NHLJuly 19, 1964[2]

The inhabitants were farmers who also hunted small game, made elaborately decorated pottery, and wove cotton obtained by trade. Its last occupation occurred in the early 13th century.

The pueblo was named for the early area homesteader George Lowry. Lowry Pueblo was excavated during summer field seasons from 1930 to 1936 by Paul Sidney Martin of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The site was declared a National Historic Landmark on 1964-07-19.[2][4]

Lowry Pueblo was incorporated as part of the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument on 2000-06-09, and is now managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Lowry Ruin". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved October 16, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Bureau of Land Management
  4. ^ Albert H. Schroeder (September 24, 1962) National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings: Lowry Pueblo (includes maps and diagrams of site), National Park Service and Accompanying 2 photos, from the Field expedition.

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