Structure 9-S, subterranean kiva

Features


Bench: not further specified (Feature 1) Top of page
General description
Bench in masonry-lined kiva.
Use history
The construction of the bench took place at the time Str 9 was built; at abandonment masonry from the bench face appears to have been scavenged for use elesewhere at the site.
Associated features
Excavation procedure
exposed and documented; fill resting on bench surface was excavated with kiva fill.
Portion excavated
Portions within Segments 2 and 7.
Horizontal location
Portion in west half of Segment 2 is believed to be in the northeast quadrant of the kiva; portion in east half of Segment 7 is believed to be in the northwest quadrant of the kiva.
Vertical location
Bench surface is 85 cm above the kiva floor (Surface 1).
Construction
When a pit was excavated for the construction of Str 9, a bench was created by leaving a shelf of sterile sediment; some, if not all, of the bench face was covered with masonry (some of the masonry may have been scavenged when kiva was abandoned); no evid
Remodeling/ modification
No
Thermal alteration
No
Sooting
No
Sealed
No
Preservation
Poor.
Degree of preservation
Surface has eroded; only traces of a black lens, characteristic of surfaces, was detected in Segment 2; in most places, surface defined by the fill/sterile contact; part of bench face is lined with masonry; it appears that most of the masonry was scavenge
Shape in plan view
Actual:  other.
Inferred: 
Shape in cross section
Actual:  unknown.
Inferred:  unknown.
Shape comments
Shape of bench surface in cross-section is a straight line.
Dimensions
 
Actual
Complete?
Inferred
Comments
Length
100
No
northeast-southwest; taken from the longest section that was exposed in Segment 7; section in Seg. 2 measures 95 cm long.
Width
35
Yes
east-west; taken from the best preserved portion of the bench at the s. end of Seg. 2.
Height
85
Yes
taken from the best preserved portion of the bench at the s. end of Seg. 2; measured from top of bench to kiva floor (Surface 1).
Depth
No
Stratigraphy
Stratum
Interpretation
Inclusions
Disturbance
Color
Texture