Nonstructure 8.4-N, midden

About this Nonstructure

No Surface
No Masonry

General Location

East of main drainage. On a slope, south of a ledge, where a kiva (Structure 4) and other structures are located.

Specific Location

1-x-1m 393N 544E (EU 75). Nonstructure 8.3-N rests on this deposit.

Selection Criteria

Part of Nonstructure 8-N testing; see Nonstructure 8-N and associated EU for description and explanation of testing strategy.


Secondary refuse that probably originated from the Structure 4 kiva unit, however, this deposit may predate the use of the kiva because this deposit rests below a retaining wall that is probably associated with Structure 4.


Not applicable.

Postabandonment Process

Covered by slopewash, eolian and alluvial deposits.

Dating of Midden

Based on pottery data, this refuse was deposited between A.D. 900 and 1300. Based on stratigraphic position, this refuse predates an extramural surface (Nonstructure 8.3-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 3 Area of east talus slope
section E East side (east talus slope)
subperiod 9 Late Pueblo III (A.D. 1225-1280)

Excavation Details for Excavation Units

In order by excavation unit number.

Excavation Unit



1-x-1 meter grid unit 393N 544E.
East of main drainage; adjacent to and south of a kiva retaining wall that is associated with Structure 4.
Northeast corner of Nonstructure 8; northernmost unit in Nonstructure 8.

Selection Criteria

Random. Second unit to be selected by random means for testing Nonstructure 8.

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
extramural surface