Cutthroat Castle, Hovenweep National Monument Wooden Print


Cutthroat Castle

Hovenweep National Monument

Wooden Print

This image, photographed by Dan Abernathy, was printed on wood. The wood grain is visible in lighter areas. The wood image is wrapped with copper, patinaed, then mounted to reclaimed wood, which raises it from the background approximately ¾ of an inch. The edges of the background have also been wrapped with copper and patinaed.

Overall size is Approximately 12” X 18”

Photographic Image Size is Approximately 8” X 8”

$325.00, plus shipping


The Wooden Prints are part of the eclectic Somniative Collection, which has no borders or parameters. This collection is inspired and created from found natural objects and or rusted metal from abandoned dumpsites. These old, antique reclaimed and repurposed metallic objects are used to enhance the uniqueness. These are one-of-a-kind, completely created by the hands of the artist.


Cutthroat Castle

Hovenweep National Monument

The Cutthroat Group has a large number of kivas, Puebloan ceremonial structures. Puebloan kivas are usually built into the earth, and are typically round. An exception is the kiva incorporated into Cutthroat Castle, which rests on top of a boulder.

In Puebloan religion, the kiva is a structure that connects with different worlds. The floor is related to the world below, and is usually built below ground level. The entrance to a typical kiva is through the roof, which relates to the world above. Another structure or room surrounds Cutthroat Castle Kiva. Access into this surrounding structure appears to have been from below the boulder on which the kiva is built, through a split in the boulder.


The Cutthroat Group is part of Hovenweep National Monument, which was built by ancestral Puebloans, a sedentary farming culture that occupied the Four Corners area from about A.D. 500 to A.D. 1300. Similarities in architecture, masonry and pottery styles indicate that the inhabitants of Hovenweep were closely associated with groups living at Mesa Verde and other nearby sites.