Lost City 7 - Mesa House - part of the Lost City Complex
Constructed of layered cobblestones set in adobe mud, this site was home to approximately 90 people during its greatest use. These people were horticulturalists who farmed the valley bottom growing domesticated corn and squash. The residents also harvested native plant resources such as screwbeans, sunflower seeds, and pinyon nuts. Archaeological materials recovered from this ruin indicated that their diet included mountain sheep, deer, antelope, and tortoise. Economic exchange of trade items with groups outside the immediate region is also evident.
Mesa House has 33 formal rooms enclosing its courtyard, but only 3 to 5 of these were habitation rooms, the rest being small storerooms. Other “rooms” at the site that run the count to 84 are detached, and only 3 had walls and fireplaces.