Nonstructure 1.6-N, extramural surface

About this Nonstructure

Has Surface
No Masonry

General Location

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

Specific Location

Upper half of Segment 3 (EU 34); rests in Nonstructure 1.1-N and above Nonstructure 1.7-N.

Selection Criteria

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


Ephermal surface in fill that is associated with the construction of a wall (Feature 2).


Probably abandoned as part of the abandonment of the canyon bottom.

Postabandonment Process

Covered by postoccupational natural deposits that contain redeposited secondary refuse.

Dating of Construction

No artifacts or tree-ring dates. Based on stratigraphic position, this surface postdates an earlier cultural deposit (Nonstructure 1.7-N).

Dating of Remodeling

Not applicable.

Dating of Abandonment

Probably abandoned close to the time the canyon bottom was abandoned--it is one of the latest surfaces in this area.

Dating of Midden

Not applicable.

Dating of Reuse

No evidence of reuse.

Date Range

4 (A.D. 900–1280)

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 3 N E.
(1 x 1 m)
Lower west side.
North-central portion of Nst 1.

Selection Criteria

Judgmental. Selected to identify if open, flat area, known as Nonstructure 1, was a plaza or great kiva.

Excavation Strategy

Strata subdivided into arbitrary levels.

Unit Ends at

Undisturbed native sediment.

Study Unit(s) Identified in this Excavation Unit

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