Homolovi

Looking at a few of the footings that are all that remain of the pueblos built at Homolovi
Reconstructed walls at Homolovi 1
Reconstructed underground kiva walls in Homolovi 2
Reconstructed kiva walls

The Hopi spelling is "Homol'ovi." There are four separate settlements here, all within a few miles of each other along the floodplain of the Little Colorado River northeast of what is now Winslow, Arizona. With a bit of irrigation the location would have been excellent for growing maize, squash and beans, the staple foods of their diet back then. The river valley was also lush enough to support a good population of wild game.

The beginnings of Homolovi date to about 1100 CE, to the beginning of the migrations out of Sinagua areas to the northwest, the countryside of Wupatki and Wukoki. Over time there was an influx of people from the Betatakin and Keet Seel region, too, as those areas were being abandoned in the late 1200's CE. There was a distinct change in the forms and decorations of pottery at that time.

The folks coming in from the Kayenta region brought with them a new set of pottery forms and decorations. Some of it came about the same time Sikyatki Polychrome was being developed and exported from the Hopi First Mesa and Antelope Mesa areas.

A view looking across the Little Colorado River with lots of brush and vegetation toward the San Francisco Peaks on the horizon
Looking across the Little Colorado River valley toward the San Francisco Peaks
Map of Homolovi 1 showing the main structures, the kivas and the plaza
Map of Homolovi 1
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Sites of the Ancients and approximate dates of occupation: