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Anderson Mesa Ruin, AZ
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Anderson Mesa Ruin, AZ 
Anderson Mesa Ruin, AZ
 
Hiking4.54 Miles 814 AEG
Hiking4.54 Miles   4 Hrs   23 Mns   1.09 mph
814 ft AEG      13 Mns Break
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Spent two windy half-days in N. Arizona. First day I visited a ruin on the eastern flat below Anderson Mesa. I'd been to this site before but later realized I'd missed the main ruin by a few hundred yards.

This time I found (I think) the main ruin but there's not much to see - I think the professional excavators reburied it. But similar to what I found on my previous there is plenty of pottery everywhere you look.

I walked up to the mesa top and was lucky to pass a petroglyph panel. My "circle" on the mesa top didn't find any obvious habitation sites but I did find an area with a higher concentration of pottery pieces and flaked rock. On the way back I spent more time at the ruin site looking at the pottery on the ground.

I like the area. A maze of ranch roads fairly challenging for a Subaru. Probably visited only by hunters, I had a herd of about 15 deer cross in front of my car and I was surprised to see recent footprints during my random walk on the mesa top.
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