Structure 1513, masonry surface structure

Features


Doorway (Feature 1) Top of page
General description
Raised-sill doorway.
Use history
Originally provided access between Structure 1513 and the unexcavated room to the southwest; later plugged.
Associated features
None.
Excavation procedure
Exposed, not excavated.
Portion excavated
None.
Horizontal location
Center of west wall.
Vertical location
35 cm above bedrock floor (Surface 1).
Construction
The sides of the doorway are masonry, with unshaped cornerstones. The lintel and the sill each consist of a large, tabular stone.
Remodeling/ modification
Yes. Plugged with masonry, inset approximately 9 cm in from the wall face.
Thermal alteration
Not Recorded
Sooting
Not Recorded
Sealed
Yes. Masonry plugged.
Preservation
Excellent.
Degree of preservation
Shape in plan view
Actual:  unknown.
Inferred: 
Shape in cross section
Actual:  unknown.
Inferred: 
Shape comments
Dimensions
 
Actual
Complete?
Inferred
Comments
Length
No
Not applicable.
Width
No
See Database Map 4238.
Height
70
Yes
Depth
No
See Database Map 4238.
Stratigraphy
Stratum
Interpretation
Inclusions
Disturbance
Color
Texture
1
Sandstone masonry used to intentionally plug doorway.
Not applicable.
Not recorded.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.

Firepit (Feature 2) Top of page
General description
Basin-shaped depression containing burned sediment and ash; possibly originally associated with the inferred upper-story floor (structure number not assigned), but collapsed into room below.
Use history
Informal pit inferred to have been used to contain fire(s), possibly for heat, light, and/or cooking. It may have been associated with an inferred upper-story floor that fell into the room below (no associated structure number or surface number was assign
Associated features
None.
Excavation procedure
Recorded in provenience data, which are available through the "Field Data: Provenience Data" query in the multisite research database. The portion of the feature exposed in the test unit was designated Segment 1 and was excavated in a single stratum.
Portion excavated
Portion exposed in test unit---approximately half the feature?.
Horizontal location
Center of room, along the east edge of Segment 1 (the test pit in room).
Vertical location
Located in the middle of Stratum 3 of Room 1513; inferred in field to perhaps have originally been located on the floor of an inferred upper story (structure number not assigned).
Construction
Unknown, but burned sandstone slab fragments may have been part of feature.
Remodeling/ modification
Unknown
Thermal alteration
Yes. Oxidized sediment, burned sandstone pieces, and oxidized "adobe."
Sooting
Not Recorded
Sealed
Unknown
Preservation
Poor.
Degree of preservation
Not in original position; broken up and distorted from fall (inferred).
Shape in plan view
Actual:  basin-shaped.
Inferred: 
Shape in cross section
Actual:  irregular.
Inferred: 
Shape comments
Dimensions
 
Actual
Complete?
Inferred
Comments
Length
66
No
North-south.
Width
48
No
East-west.
Height
No
Not applicable.
Depth
7
No
At profile line.
Stratigraphy
Stratum
Interpretation
Inclusions
Disturbance
Color
Texture
1
Primary refuse.
Charcoal flecks, oxidized "adobe"' pieces.
Possibly fell from inferred upper-story floor.
Dark gray.
Ash and "soil."