Structure 812, masonry surface structure

Features


Firepit (Feature 1) Top of page
General description
Firepit in great kiva peripheral room.
Use history
Informal thermal feature. Fuelwood was the only identifiable vegetal material in the fill; thus, the feature might not have been used for cooking. The ash left in situ when the room was abandoned.
Associated features
None.
Excavation procedure
Recorded in provenience data, which are available through the "Field Data: Provenience Data" query in the multisite research database.
Portion excavated
Portion within excavation unit; approximately east half.
Horizontal location
Near the southwest wall of a great kiva peripheral room.
Vertical location
Floor of a great kiva peripheral room.
Construction
A pit was dug into the floor, underlying construction fill, and sterile clay; the pit was not lined.
Remodeling/ modification
No
Thermal alteration
Yes. Fire-reddened and fire-blackened.
Sooting
No
Sealed
No
Preservation
Excellent.
Degree of preservation
North side of pit was slightly eroded.
Shape in plan view
Actual:  irregular.
Inferred: 
Shape in cross section
Actual:  unknown.
Inferred:  round.
Shape comments
Shape in cross section is basin-shaped to rectangular.
Dimensions
 
Actual
Complete?
Inferred
Comments
Length
42
Yes
Northeast-southwest.
Width
25
No
Southeast-northwest.
Height
No
Depth
17
Yes
Stratigraphy
Stratum
Interpretation
Inclusions
Disturbance
Color
Texture
1
Postabandonment structural collapse; identical to overlying fill.
Small sandstone pieces; caliche.
Roots noted.
Clay: gray and black; silt loam: orange brown.
Clay and silt loam.
2
Primary refuse.
Charcoal flecks and a few charcoal fragments.
Not recorded.
Gray.
Ash.