Nonstructure 1.14-N, midden

About this Nonstructure

No Surface
No Masonry

General Location

Lower west side; base of talus slope near canyon bottom.

Specific Location

Lower fill of Segment 6 (EU 37); below Nonstructures 1.11-N, 1.12-N, and 1.13-N and above Nonstructure 1.15-N.

Selection Criteria

Part of Nonstructure 1-N testing; see Nonstructure 1-N and associated EU for description and explanation of testing strategy.


Thin midden deposit that may have originated from the structures immediately north of this study unit; interpretation based on close proximity of the structures to this study unit.


Top of deposit used as a surface.

Postabandonment Process

Not applicable.

Dating of Midden

No tree-ring or pottery data. The top of this deposit was used as a surface (Nonstructure 1.13-N) and the surface dates between A.D. 900 and 1300 as does the cultural deposit (Nonstructure 1.15-N) below this study unit. The stratigraphic position of this stratum relative to these other deposits indicates this refuse was also deposited between A.D. 900 and 1300; also predates a cultural deposit (Nonstructure 1.11-N) and an extramural surface (Nonstructure 1.12-N).

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 1 Area of canyon bottom
section LW Lower west side (canyon bottom)
subperiod 8 Early Pueblo III (A.D. 1140-1225)

Excavation Details for Excavation Units

In order by excavation unit number.

Excavation Unit



Segment 6 N E.
(1 x 1 m)
Lower west side.
Northwest corner of Nonstructure 1.

Selection Criteria

Judgmental. Selected to identify if open, flat area, known as Nonstructure 1, was a plaza or great kiva; placed adjacent to and south of a stone alignment that forms the north boundary of Nonstructure 1.

Excavation Strategy

Strata subdivided into arbitrary levels.

Unit Ends at

Unclear if last stratum excavated is sterile soil or fill.

Study Unit(s) Identified in this Excavation Unit

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