Nonstructure 2.9-N, extramural surface

About this Nonstructure

General Location

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

Specific Location

North edge of rim complex; grid northeast of a large masonry complex that includes Structures 28 and 29.

Selection Criteria

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


Semi-altered natural surface associated with the construction of two walls (Feature 6 and Feature 9).


Probably abandoned as part of the abandonment of the rim complex.

Postabandonment Process

Covered by postoccupational wall fall and natural deposits.

Dating of Construction

No data.

Dating of Remodeling

No evidence of remodeling.

Dating of Abandonment

Probably abandoned at the same time the rim complex was abandoned, as there are no later cultural deposits above this surface.

Dating of Reuse

No evidence of reuse.

Date Range

No dates available

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



Segment 4 N E.
(3-x-1-m unit)
Northeast corner of pueblo; rim complex.
North boundary of Nonstructure 2, northeast of large masonry complex that includes a tower (Structure 29), a kiva (Structure 6) and rooms, including Strucutre 29; unit extends across section of wall that encloses the rim complex.

Selection Criteria

Judgmental. Opened to examine a wall that encloses Nonstructure 2, a possible arc-shaped feature attached to the exterior of the enclosing wall, and a cross wall that may connect the enclosing wall and tower complex.

Excavation Strategy

Strata subdivided into arbitrary levels.

Unit Ends at

Undisturbed native sediment. Excavation unit was divided into three subunits when walls were exposed; sterile was reached in three subunits.

Study Unit(s) Identified in this Excavation Unit

Study Unit Type
Study Unit Number
Study Unit Description
extramural surface