Lost City 4

  • lostcity4-005  Ridge 6  The broken slabs of sandstone at this site were once part of a site located on the ridge directly behind it.  The rising waters of Lake Mead undermined the sandstone causing the slabs to break up and eventually fall to the base of the ridge.  Water erosion damaged or destroyed many of the pueblo sites located on the lower ridges of the Lost City Complex.  The first four photos show two deep gouges, the one on the left goes completely through the sandstone shelf.  The left one also has a stone wedge or plug that perfectly fits in it.  When we found it the stone was in the slot and I removed it for the photos and then replaced it.
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  • lostcity4-018  In the next group of photos you can see two bedrock mortars, and a grouping of five cupules.  All of the sandstone slabs were originally located several feet higher than their current location.  The actions of the rising lake waters caused the collapse of the sandstone benches.
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  • lostcity4-058  Next 4 photos:  Questionable:  If these sandstone slabs had been located high up on a ridge and not in a spot that had been under a couple feet of lake water, I would have been almost certain that the photos contained critter footprints.  When the water level of Lake Mead reached its maximum, it would have covered this spot with a couple of feet of water.  Because of this, it is very possible that the marks in the sandstone are not prints but were made by boat propellers.
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  • lostcity4-198  Ridge 9  Possible petroglyph.
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