Nonstructure 1.13-N, extramural surface

About this Nonstructure

Has Surface
No Masonry

General Location

Lower west side; base of talus slope near canyon bottom.

Specific Location

Lower half of Segment 6; rests below Nonstructures 1.11-N and 1.12-N and above Nonstructures 1.14-N and 1.15-N.

Selection Criteria

Part of Nonstructure 1-N testing; see Nonstructure 1-N and associated EU for description and explanation of testing strategy.


Ephermal outdoor use surface.


Artifacts were left on the surface and surface was later covered by cultural fill.

Postabandonment Process

Not applicable.

Dating of Construction

Pottery resting on the surface dates from A.D. 900 to 1300. The presence of a Mesa Verde Corrugated sherd suggests the surface was used between A.D. 1100 and 1300. The stratigraphic position indicates that this surface postdates a secondary refuse deposit (Nonstructure 1.14-N) and a cultural deposit (Nonstructure 1.15-N) and predates another extramural surface (Nonstructure 1.12-N) and another cultural deposit (Nonstructure 1.11-N).

Dating of Remodeling

Not applicable.

Dating of Abandonment

Surface was abandoned before canyon bottom was abandoned, as multiple cultural deposits rest abovethis surfacet.

Dating of Midden

Not applicable.

Dating of Reuse

No evidence of reuse.

Date Range

2 (A.D. 1140–1280)

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 1 Area of canyon bottom
section LW Lower west side (canyon bottom)
subperiod 8 Early Pueblo III (A.D. 1140-1225)

Excavation Details for Excavation Units

In order by excavation unit number.

Excavation Unit



Segment 6 N E.
(1 x 1 m)
Lower west side.
Northwest corner of Nonstructure 1.

Selection Criteria

Judgmental. Selected to identify if open, flat area, known as Nonstructure 1, was a plaza or great kiva; placed adjacent to and south of a stone alignment that forms the north boundary of Nonstructure 1.

Excavation Strategy

Strata subdivided into arbitrary levels.

Unit Ends at

Unclear if last stratum excavated is sterile soil or fill.

Study Unit(s) Identified in this Excavation Unit

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