Nonstructure 6.3-N, extramural surface

About this Nonstructure

Has Surface
No Masonry

General Location

East of main drainage on a steep talus slope; southwest of a tested kiva (Structure 5).

Specific Location

Upper half of 1-x-1 m 419N 522E (EU 16); below Nonstructure 6.1-N.

Selection Criteria

Part of Nonstructure 6-N testing; see Nonstructure 6-N and associated EU for description and explanation of testing strategy.


Natural surface associated with the construction of a burial pit (Feature 2).


Probably abandoned as part of the abandonment of the east talus slope.

Postabandonment Process

Burial pit filled with and surface covered by postoccupational colluvial deposits.

Dating of Construction

No tree-ring or pottery data.

Dating of Remodeling

Not applicable.

Dating of Abandonment

Thought to have been abandoned when the east talus slope was abandoned because no cultural deposits rest 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 4 Area of east talus slope
section E East side (east talus slope)
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 419N 522E.
East of main drainage on steep talus slope; south of Structure 5.
West edge of Nonstructure 6, immediately adjacent to and north of 1x1 m unit N418 E522.

Selection Criteria

Random. Fourth of four randomly-selected units for excavation in NST 6.

Excavation Strategy

Strata subdivided into arbitrary levels.

Unit Ends at

Fill continued. According to an agreement with BLM, excavations were halted in this unit when a human burial was encountered, however, excavations in adjacent unit (1 x 1 m 418N 522E) indicate that excavations in this unit ended at or just above sterile soil.

Study Unit(s) Identified in this Excavation Unit

Study Unit Type
Study Unit Number
Study Unit Description
extramural surface