Nonstructure 3.5-N, cultural deposit, type unknown

About this Nonstructure

No Surface
No Masonry

General Location

Upper west side. South of cliff face on steep talus slope and south of a cluster of buildings.

Specific Location

Immediately south of Structure 7 (a tested kiva). Upper two-thirds of 1-x-1-m 405N 403E (EU 12).

Selection Criteria

Part of Nonstructure 3-N testing; see Nonstructure 3-N and associated EU for description and explanation of testing strategy.


May be redeposited sterile sediment that was discarded during the construciton of a kiva (Structure 7).


Not applicable.

Postabandonment Process

Not applicable.

Dating of Construction

Not constructed. Based on pottery data, this deposit dates from late Pueblo II and Pueblo III times. If this is redeposited sterile sediment from the construction of Structure 7-S (a kiva), and the artifacts were deposited during construction, it was probably deposited in A.D. 1257, because that is when the kiva is believed to have been built.

Dating of Remodeling

Not applicable.

Dating of Abandonment

Not applicable.

Dating of Midden

Not applicable.

Dating of Reuse

Not applicable.

Date Range

3 (A.D. 1000–1280)

Site-Wide Dating

Groups to Which This Study Unit was Assigned

See The Archaeology of Woods Canyon Pueblo (specifically the chapters on architecture, chronology, and artifacts) for more information on study unit groupings at Woods Canyon Pueblo.

Type ID Description
area 5 Area of upper west side
section UW Upper west side
subperiod 9 Late Pueblo III (A.D. 1225-1280)

Excavation Details for Excavation Units

In order by excavation unit number.

Excavation Unit



1-x-1 meter grid unit 405N 403E.
West of main drainage; upper west side on steep talus slope.
Between two boulders at top of talus slope, just downslope of Structure 7; northernmost test unit in Nonstructure 3.

Selection Criteria

Random. First randomly-selected unit for excavation in NST 3.

Excavation Strategy

Strata subdivided into arbitrary levels.

Unit Ends at

Undisturbed native sediment. Undisturbed native sediment exposed in part of the unit; bedrock boulders exposed elsewhere.

Study Unit(s) Identified in this Excavation Unit

Study Unit Type
Study Unit Number
Study Unit Description
extramural surface
cultural deposit, type unknown