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The Sinagua built these striking pueblos at Wupatki National Monument in the decades after a volcanic outpouring at Sunset Crater.

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Scientists gain new view of ancient past

3D photo technology helps NAU archaeologists document historic sites

Imagine being able to look at a historical site from every angle, measure the smallest details on the interior and identify how to preserve it without ever touching it. Photogrammetry technology combines hundreds of overlapping high resolution images taken with a digital camera mounted on a pole to create a 3D color virtual model of a site. For an archaeologist, this is the future of documentation and a low cost alternative to laser technology such as LiDAR.

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Some national monuments to increase entrance fees

Flagstaff-area attractions will cost more in October

Starting on October 1, 2015, the Flagstaff Area National Monuments: Sunset Crater Volcano, Walnut Canyon and Wupatki, will increase entrance fees for visitors in order to fund important maintenance and improvement projects within the park.

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A useful Disaster

An ingenuous civilization raised monuments to persistence on the ashes of a cataclysm at Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments

The Hopi believe their kachinas created the Sunset Crater eruption to punish the Sinagua Indians in retaliation for a prank played out of jealousy. In real life, the eruption ushered in an era of prosperity — demonstrating the complex relationship between climate, culture and geography. Both Sunset Crater and the Wupatki ruins rise out of the landscape around the area of the San Francisco Peaks, out of place but curiously perfect.


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