Structure 108, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

Central portion of site.

Specific Location

West-central portion of Architectural Block 100; 488.6N 496.1E; 487.60N 496.10E.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 108 is similar to other kivas occupied during the Early Pueblo III period and was probably used for domestic and ritual activities. The presence of a hearth (Feature 1) indicates a domestic use of the structure and would have been used for light, heat, and food preparation. Pottery on the floor of Structure 108 indicates a domestic use of the structure as well. The presence of a floor vault (Feature 6) indicates that this structure had a ritual function. Floor vaults are not common features in residential architecture and may indicate that the occupants of Structure 108 held a unique position within the community. Only one other kiva excavated at Albert Porter Pueblo, Structure 150, contained a floor vault which was sealed in the Pueblo III period.

Abandonment

Structure 108 fell out of use during the Early Pueblo III period. It appears that the primary beams were removed from the roof and the remaining construction sediments and secondary beams were collapsed directly on to the structure floor.

Postabandonment

Natural sediments and cultural fill washed into the depression from areas of higher elevation during the Pueblo III period.

Excavation Details