Nonstructure 304, extramural surface

About this Nonstructure

Has Surface
No Masonry

General Location

South part of the site.

Specific Location

South of the roomblock in Architectural Block 300.

Selection Criteria

This surface was encountered during excavations to test the midden associated with this architectural block.


Ground surface associated with a burial pit. It was not possible to discern whether this was a prehistoric ground surface or a surface that was created by recent looting activity that disturbed the burial.


Use of surface ended when refuse was deposited on top of it.

Postabandonment Process

Recently disturbed by looting activities.

Dating of Construction

No means by which to date the use of this surface.

Dating of Abandonment

Mesa Verde Black-on-white sherds in the fill above the surface were deposited sometime after A.D. 1180.

Date Range

4 (A.D. 1150–1300)

Site-Wide Dating

Excavation Details for Excavation Units

In order by excavation unit number.

Excavation Unit



1-x-1 meter grid unit 991N 1007E.
South part of site.
South of roomblock in Architectural Block 300.

Selection Criteria

Judgmental. To sample possible midden area associated with roomblock.

Excavation Strategy

Natural strata.

Unit Ends at

Undisturbed native sediment.

Study Unit(s) Identified in this Excavation Unit

Study Unit Type
Study Unit Number
Study Unit Description
Arbitrary Unit
extramural surface