Nonstructure 7.5-N, midden

About this Nonstructure

No Surface
No Masonry

General Location

Upper west side. On a slope, immediately west of main drainage. Below a ledge where a cluster of buildings is located.

Specific Location

Southwest of a tested kiva (Structure 8). Rests above Nonstructure 7.6-N in Segment 3 (EU 45).

Selection Criteria

Part of Nonstructure 7-N testing; see Nonstructure 7-N and associated EU for description and explanation of testing strategy.


Interpreted as secondary refuse that has, for the most part, been naturally redeposited during postoccupational times; refuse probably originated from structures to the north; this deposit and a similar redeposited refuse deposit (Nonstructure 7.1-N) to the east were assigned different study unit numbers because they may have originated from different structures, based on their locations.


Not applicable.

Postabandonment Process

See Use; deposit disturbed by rodent activity.

Dating of Midden

Based on pottery data, this refuse was deposited during Pueblo III times. Mesa Verde Black-on-white and Mesa Verde Corrugated gray are the most predominant formal types.

Date Range

2 (A.D. 1140–1280)

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 6 Area of upper west side
section UW Upper west side
subperiod 9 Late Pueblo III (A.D. 1225-1280)

Excavation Details for Excavation Units

In order by excavation unit number.

Excavation Unit



Segment 3 N E.
Adjacent to and west of main drainage.
West of original boundaries of Nonstructure 7 approximately four meters south of the bench on which structures, including Structure 8, were built; southwest of Structure 8.

Selection Criteria

Judgmental. Selected in hopes of increasing the sample of artifacts from secondary refuse contexts in Nonstructre 7; refuse found in this unit could be associated with any of the structures on the bench, not just Structure 8.

Excavation Strategy

Strata subdivided into arbitrary levels.

Unit Ends at

Undisturbed native sediment. Excavation ended just below the top of sterile soil in most of the unit; auger testing encountered what is believed to be a layer decayed bedrock, followed by solid bedrock.

Study Unit(s) Identified in this Excavation Unit

Study Unit Type
Study Unit Number
Study Unit Description