A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Petrified House

Petrified Forest National Park

They say Native Americans used blocks of petrified wood to create living spaces.
This is a recreation of one such living space.

This is what they had to work from in 1934 when rebuilding the house.
Notice the caption above the photo.

The more I see of these "recreations" where it all is just a result of guesswork the more it kind of bothers me.  Like there are trees out here in the desert of this size to make rafters.  I didn't see any.
If you don't know what you are doing, just leave things as they are.

And like at Bandelier, the rain and snow would quickly dissolve the mud mortar between the blocks of stone.  The visitor is being deceived into believing this is how the home looked. 
Oh well, the regular park visitor doesn't really care.  Just me.

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