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The Wupatki Pueblo is situated in one of the warmest and driest places on the Colorado Plateau.

It dates from 1100, and is a 100-room pueblo, with a tower, a community room, and a ceremonial ball-court.

By 1190, as many as 2,000 people lived within a day’s walk and Wupatki Pueblo was the largest building for at least 50 miles.

Using the red sandstone outcrop as a backbone, and its naturally fractured blocks as bricks, masons laid stone rooms to create the pueblo

Terraced rooms to the south and east bathed in winter sun.

Flat roofs served as water systems, collecting precipitation and directing it to storage pots.

High walls on the north and west sides blunted prevailing winds.

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