Nonstructure 9.3-N, extramural surface

About this Nonstructure

General Location

Canyon rim. Adjacent to, and within, the main drainages of the pueblo.West of rim complex.

Specific Location

Above Nonstructure 9.1-N in Segment 3 (EU 67).

Selection Criteria

Part of Nonstructure 9-N testing; see Nonstructure 9-N and associated EU for description and explanation of testing strategy.


Extramural surface associated with the construction of a check dam (Feature 5).


Covered by constructional deposits.

Postabandonment Process

Not applicable.

Dating of Construction

No tree-ring or pottery data; based on stratigraphic position, this surface postdates another surface (Nonstructure 9.1-N).

Dating of Remodeling

No evidence of remodeling.

Dating of Abandonment

No data.

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



Segment 3 N E.
(Roughly 4-x-1-meters)
Located on canyon rim and on a bank immediately west of the main drainage of the pueblo.
South edge of excavation unit is approximately three meters from the cliff edge; adjacent to and north of a stone alignment (F-5) that is visible at modern ground surface.

Selection Criteria

Judgmental. Selected to evaluate: (1) the construction of two and possibly three stone alignments that are believed to be check dams, and; (2) the sediment that accumulated behind these supposed dams.

Excavation Strategy

Strata subdivided into arbitrary levels.

Unit Ends at


Study Unit(s) Identified in this Excavation Unit

Study Unit Type
Study Unit Number
Study Unit Description
extramural surface
extramural surface
cultural deposit, type unknown