Nonstructure 2.3-N, extramural surface

About this Nonstructure

Has Surface
No Masonry

General Location

Northeast quadrant of site. Within rim complex on canyon rim.

Specific Location

Adjacent to and north of Structure 17 (a D-shaped building); below Nonstructures 2.1-N and 2.2-N.

Selection Criteria

Part of Nonstructure 2-N testing; see Nonstructure 2-N and associated EU for description and explanation of testing strategy.


Outdoor natural surface associated with the construction of a curved wall; wall is part of a D-shaped building (Structure 17).


Covered by a later surface.

Postabandonment Process

Not applicable.

Dating of Construction

No tree-ring or pottery data. Based on stratigraphic position, this surface predates the construction of another extramural surface (Nonstructure 2.2-N).

Dating of Remodeling

Another surface (Nonstructure 2.2-N) was built on top of this surface, but there are no data to indicate when this later surface was constructed.

Dating of Abandonment

Abandoned before the rim complex was abandoned--a later surface rests above this surface.

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 7 Canyon rim
section R Canyon rim
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 474N 522E.
Northeast corner of pueblo, rim complex.
North of and adjacent to Structure 17, a D-shaped building.

Selection Criteria

Random. First unit selected by random means from Nonstructure 2, Sampling Stratum 2.

Excavation Strategy

Strata subdivided into arbitrary levels. After a wall was encountered in the middle of this unit, another 1-x-1-m unit (1-x-1-m 475N 522E) was opened to the north so that excavations could continue. The north unit was combined with this unit after the upper fill had been removed and excavated a

Unit Ends at


Study Unit(s) Identified in this Excavation Unit

Study Unit Type
Study Unit Number
Study Unit Description
extramural surface
extramural surface