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Archaeologists prize the pithouses and cliffside dwellings carved into the sandstone and shale rocks of Colorado’s Montezuma County. Built by the ancestral Puebloans between 550 and 1300 CE, the homes ranged from simple one-room abodes to complex multi-story villages. These well-shielded residences inspired president Theodore Roosevelt to declare the 52,074-acre area the first national park specifically dedicated to “preserving the works of man”.