Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park – Globe,
Visitors can walk through a 700 year old Salado Culture pueblo, climb ladders to second story rooms and view the typical furnishing of the era. The
There are numerous artifacts of this remarkable culture on display in the
The Pueblo is located at the confluence of Pinal Creek and Ice House Canon
Besh-Ba-Gowah had about 400 rooms; of these about 240 were ground floor rooms. Precise numbers are impossible due to modern destruction of sections. Entrance was through a long narrow ground level corridor covered by the second level. The corridor opened onto the main plaza. This probably was for defensive purposes.
Besh-Ba-Gowan is an Apache work meaning "Place of Metals," and refers to modern mining activity. In 1935 excavation was begun on the ruins. Due to the death of the project director the results have not been published even though the complete excavation of the surface rooms was completed in 1940.
Inside the museum two models of the ruins are presented. One shows the present condition the other is a hypothetical reconstruction of the pueblo in 1325 AD. It shows 20 courtyards and 2 three story sections.
There is so much to see and so much to learn from this park that you will want to come back time after time as the archaeological "bug" bites you and you need to discover more and more about this fascinating culture.
Hours: 9-5 daily