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Description: Crew reconstructing roof at Wupatki Pueblo, 1933-34. They are attempting to use native materials that would match the original materials used in construction of the pueblo in the 12th or 13th centuries AD. In the 1930s, the Museum of Northern Arizona reconstructed the newly-excavated Wupatki Pueblo by rebuilding walls to their presumed original heights and adding roofs to the rooms. For a while in the 1930s and 1940s, a few of the rooms served as the residence for the Wupatki NPS ranger and his wife. The practice of rebuilding pueblos was discontinued in the 1950s, and the reconstructed portions of walls and roofs were removed. The condition of Wupatki today is similar to how it appeared when first excavated in the 1930s and again in the 1950s.

Date: 1930s.

Collection: Wupatki National Monument (Catalog No. WUPA 20074).

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