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Cross-Section of the Ballcourt Wall

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Description: View looking north across cross-section trench through west wall (berm) of Wupatki Ballcourt. Clearly visible are the layers used in constructing the ballcourt walls. Black cinders, undoubtedly from the Sunset Crater eruption, form the core of the wall. A mixture of earth and sandstone slabs have been applied over and around the cinders to stabilize the berm. The interior of the court was finished with a veneer of carefully-laid sandstone slabs interspersed with occasional basalt boulders.

Date: ca. 1965.

Collection: Wupatki National Monument (Catalog No. WUPA 24237).

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