Agate House - Most Unusual Building Material
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Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 34° 48.308 W 109° 51.693
12S E 604133 N 3852023
Quick Description: A house built of petrified wood
Location: Arizona, United States
Date Posted: 1/11/2007 8:53:30 AM
Waymark Code: WM14DV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member tiki-4
Views: 403

Long Description:

It is not so much the shape that makes this building unique, but its on-of-a-kind building material. It is petrified wood! The location is Petrified Forest National Park, where, 225 million years ago, a lot of tall trees were washed into a floodplain, where a mix of silt, mud and volcanic ashes buried the logs. The sediment cut off oxygen and slowed the logs decay. Silica-laden groundwater seeped through the logs and replaced the original wood tissues with silica deposits. Eventually the silica crystallized into quartz, and the logs were preserved as petrified wood. Since the quartz rock of the petrified logs was a lot sturdier than all the other building materials (clay and sand stone), petrified wood was an obvious choice.

The structure in this picture, called Agate House, is a partial reconstruction of an Indian pueblo built here almost ten centuries ago. It was built of petrified wood and sealed with mud mortar. Archaeologists believe the original eight-room pueblo was built between A.D. 1050 and 1300.

Building material is laying around practically everywhere... ...and some of it is really beautiful!

Pueblos have their entrance in the ceiling. So, the only way in was through the window... (click on the thumbnails to get larger versions of these rather embarrasing pictures)

The door is too high up Lets try the window...
I really should go on a diet!
I'm Stuck!

I made it! Checking out the inside Inside, looking out.

Important remark: Since this is not an original pueblo but a reconstruction, entering it is not a desecration of a Native American site. We would have never done this at an original site.

Building Address:
Petrified Forest National Park
PO Box 2217
Petrified Forest, AZ USA
86028


Is it open to the general public?: yes

When was it built? (Approximate if you must.): 01/01/1050

What is the name of this building?: Agate House

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