Nonstructure 5.1-N, midden

About this Nonstructure

No Surface
No Masonry

General Location

Lower west side; base of talus slope near canyon bottom. East-southeast of Nonstructure 1-N.

Specific Location

Upper fill of 1-x-1-m 306N 506E (EU 5); above Nonstructure 5.2-N.

Selection Criteria

Part of Nonstructure 5-N testing; see Nonstructure 5-N and associated EU for description and explanation of testing strategy.


Refuse could have originated from the kiva units north of this study unit, and the nearby towers resting on top of boulders.


Not applicable.

Postabandonment Process

Not applicable.

Dating of Midden

Based on pottery data, this refuse was deposited in late Pueblo II and Pueblo III times. Based on stratigraphic position, refuse accumulated after another cultural deposit (Nonstructure 5.2-N) accumulated.

Date Range

3 (A.D. 1000–1280)

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 2 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



1-x-1 meter grid unit 306N 506E.
Lower west side.
Southeast boundary of Nonstructure 5; south of a dense cluster of architecture, including Structure 3.

Selection Criteria

Random. Fourth unit selected by random means for testing in Nonstructure 5.

Excavation Strategy

Strata subdivided into arbitrary levels.

Unit Ends at

Undisturbed native sediment.

Study Unit(s) Identified in this Excavation Unit

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