Lowry Ruins Historic Landmark
Location 27 miles
northwest of Cortez, Colorado. Visit the Anasazi Heritage Center for a
Description: Named after early
homesteader George Lowry, it was constructed about AD 1060 on top of
abandoned pithouses from an earlier period of occupation. Its 40-100
inhabitants were farmers who also hunted small game, made elaborately
decorated pottery, and wove cotton obtained by trade.
Pueblo was excavated during summer field seasons (1930-1936) by Paul S.
Martin of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. It was declared a
National Historic Landmark in 1967, and now is a part of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument.
architecture and masonry indicate strong influence from Chaco
Canyon, about 100 miles south in New Mexico. Lowry is among the northernmost Chaco-style
communities, which may have formed an interdependent network spread
thinly across the eastern half of the Ancestral Pueblo homeland.
Canyons of the Ancients National Monument/
Anasazi Heritage Center
27501 Highway 184
Dolores, CO 81323
Tel: (970) 882-5600 Fax: (970) 882-7035