Sunday Photos: Clovis Sites & the Southern Arizona Landscape

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As it happens with most of us that travel, there end up being a lot of photos that never get used. I have hundreds of such photos. So on weekends as time permits I will showcase some of the more interesting photos that never made it into a blog post.

On a trip to southern Arizona a few years ago, John and I did some touring and hiking around the area that makes up the San Pedro River Valley. I loved the big skies, and the trees and plants that have adapted so well to the harsh climate. But what I also found interesting, was a Clovis site we came across.

I’d never heard of the Clovis people before. Reportedly they traveled from Asia via land bridges over what is now the Bering Strait, roughly 15,000 years ago. They reached the San Pedro Valley 13,000 years ago and evidence of their being is in the layers that make up an old river bed. There are Clovis sites from Washington through to Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and even as far east as Pennsylvania.

Here’s a taste of the scenery and what a Clovis site looks like in southern Arizona.

"Fantastic cloud formations in southern Arizona"

Fantastic cloud formations in southern Arizona

"Although it's dry there are still lots of birds around"

Although it’s dry there are still lots of birds around

"Big vistas"

Big vistas along the San Pedro River Valley

"Big trees along the San Pedro River"

Enormous trees along the San Pedro River

"On the hunt for Clovis sites"

On the hunt for Clovis sites

"A somewhat shaded structure near a Clovis site"

A somewhat shaded structure near a Clovis site

"The landscape around a Clovis site"

The landscape around a Clovis site

"I don't know the name of the mountain but I love how it dominates the landscape

I don’t know the name of the mountain but I love how it dominates the landscape

Other posts related to this trip include:

Have you ever heard of the Clovis people?

Leigh McAdam

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