Structure 503, masonry surface structure

STRUCTURE DATING

Abandonment
Association of Mesa Verde Black-on-white pottery indicates abandonment occurred sometime after A.D. 1180. The absence of refuse in the fill of the structure suggests that the room was abandoned at the same time as the remainder of this kiva suite. The tree-ring cutting dates from associated Structure 501 (kiva) indicates abandonment of the kiva suite occurred sometime after A.D. 1252.
Construction
No means by which to date construction of this room. The only tree-ring cutting dates from this kiva suite are from Structure 501 (kiva), and the preferred interpretion of those dates is that the kiva was built around A.D. 1252. Structure 503 was probably built within a few years of that.
Remodeling
No means by which to date the remodeling of the room, which consisted of feature remodeling, including the plugging of a doorway in the south wall of the room.
Reuse
None.
Date Range
1 (A.D. 1250 – 1280)
Site-Wide Dating