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Positioned on an ancient east-west trail in the western part of the New Mexico, El Morro National Monument is a U.S. national monument in Cibola County, that preserves the remains of a large prehistoric pueblo above a fantastic sandstone headland that holds a pool of water at its base.
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Dating from about 1275, he Atsinna Pueblo, the largest of the pueblos atop El Morro. Forming a stunning landmark, El Morro which means "the headland”, became a national monument in December 1906, as declared by President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1966, El Morro National Monument was added to the National Register of Historic Places, which is part of a national program to “coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America's historic and archeological resources.”
The historical significance of El Morro originally had a protective mandate that valued the Spanish inscriptions above all other aspects of the site; however, recent studies propose a cultural landscape approach that aims to recognize the inter-relationship between culture and nature, as well as recognizing the Eurocentrism with which the site was managed for a long period of time. El Morro, beyond being a remarkable landmark and park, is the physical evidence of culture.