Nonstructure 5.3-N, extramural surface

About this Nonstructure

Has Surface
No Masonry

General Location

Lower west side; base of talus slope near canyon bottom. East-southeast of Nonstructure 1-N.

Specific Location

Upper half of 1-x-1-m 311N 508E (EU 6).

Selection Criteria

Part of Nonstructure 5-N testing; see Nonstructure 5-N and associated EU for description and explanation of testing strategy.


Natural surface from which a pit (Feature 1) was constructed.


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

Postabandonment Process

Covered by postoccupational alluvail and eolian deposits and wall fall.

Dating of Construction

No data.

Dating of Remodeling

Not applicable.

Dating of Abandonment

Thought to have been abandoned when the canyon bottom was abandoned, as there are no later cultural deposits resting above this surface.

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 2 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



1-x-1 meter grid unit 311N 508E.
Lower west side.
Near southeast boundary of Nonstructure 5. South of a dense cluster of architecture, including Structure 3. A possible kiva depression and possible kiva retaining wall are located immediately north of this unit.

Selection Criteria

Random. Second unit to be selected by random means for testing in Nonstructure 5.

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