Nonstructure 5.10-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 half of 1-x-1-m 329N 510E (EU 8), below Nonstructure 5.9-N.

Selection Criteria

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


Thick refuse deposit that could have originated from the kiva units north of this study unit and the nearby towers resting on top of boulders.


Covered initially by a thin eolian deposit and later by a secondary refuse deposit.

Postabandonment Process

Not applicable.

Dating of Midden

Based on pottery data, this refuse was discarded in late Pueblo II and Pueblo III times; the most predominant formal white ware types are Mesa Verde Black-on-white and McElmo Black-on-white, followed closely by Mancos Black-on-white. Based on stratigraphic position, this is the earliest refuse deposit in 1-x-1-m 329N 510E and it predates another refuse deposit, Nonstructure 5.9-N.

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 329N 510E.
Lower west side.
Northeast corner of Nonstructure 5; near a dense cluster of architecture, including Structure 3.

Selection Criteria

Random. First unit to be 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