Nonstructure 3.2-N, extramural surface

About this Nonstructure

Has Surface
No Masonry

General Location

Upper west side. South of cliff face, on steep talus slope and south of a cluster of buildings that includes Structure 7 (a tested kiva).

Specific Location

Upper half of 1-x-1-m 390N 406E (EU 10); rests near top of Nonstructure 3.3-N and below Nonstructure 3.1-N.

Selection Criteria

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


Ephermal surface in fill that is associated with the construction of an extramural wall (Feature 1).


Probably abandoned as this part of the site was abandoned.

Postabandonment Process

Covered with postoccupational colluvium that includes redeposited secondary refuse.

Dating of Construction

Not constructed. Because this surface rests in a secondary refuse deposit (Nonstructure 3.3-N) that dates between A.D. 1000 and 1300, this surface is thought to have been used during that time period as well.

Dating of Remodeling

Not applicable.

Dating of Abandonment

Probably abandoned when this area of the site was abandoned as there are no cultural, occupational deposits resting above this surface.

Dating of Reuse

No evidence of reuse.

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 390N 406E.
West of main drainage; upper west side on steep talus slope.
Along south edge of Nonstructure 3; approximately 14 meters south of Structure 7.

Selection Criteria

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

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