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MADERA CAVE DWELLINGS

MADERA CAVE DWELLINGS
Madera Municipality, Mexico
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BACKGROUND

The Madera Cave dwellings are pre-Colombian sculpted clay structures nestled in the natural caves and cliffs in Chihuahua’s western Sierra Madre. It is believed that these structures were created by the Paquimé or Casas Grandes culture between AD 1060 and 1450. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

WMF’s attention was drawn to the cave dwellings when they were included in the 1998 and 2000 World Monuments Watch. In 2002 the J.M. Kaplan Fund provided support to WMF to assist with the development and implementation of a conservation project at the Cuarenta Casas site. The work was undertaken by the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH)-Chihuahua and Fuerza Ambiental A.C. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The Madera Cave dwellings are part of an evocative landscape that allows visitors to understand the great continuity of settlements in the area and the ingenuity of early residents who harnessed a complicated environment to create sustainable communities. (...)