Structure 1037, subterranean room

About this Structure

General Location

North-central portion of site.

Specific Location

Architectural Block 1000; approximately 20 m northeast of Structure 903; 577N 564E.

Interpretive Type

Unknown.

Structure Use

The function of this structure is unknown due to a lack of internal architectural features. The structure is lacking kiva features such as a bench, pilasters, and hearth. A tunnel constructed in the northwest portion of this structure indicates this subterranean room was connected to a structure located to the northwest, possibly a kiva or a surface room. Structure 1037 may have functioned as a mealing room or a storage room.

Abandonment

The floor of this structure was poorly preserved and appeared to have been prehistorically excavated into. Large, uneven holes were excavated from the floor surface into undisturbed native sediment and had the appearance of borrow pits. Wood beams were recycled from the roof and remaining roofing elements were collapsed onto the structure floor (or subfloor deposits). Nonstructure 1039 deposits filled in the depression left by Structure 1037 during the Late Pueblo II period.

Postabandonment

Natural wind and water sediments covered Nonstructure 1039 deposits obscuring the depression on the modern ground surface. The modern ground surface was disturbed by historic machinery.

Excavation Details