Structure 111, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

West-central portion of site.

Specific Location

Northwestern portion of Architectural Block 100; 492.5N 475.4E.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 111 is similar to other kivas occupied during the Late Pueblo II and Early Pueblo III periods and was most likely used in a combination of domestic and ritual activities. Sherds left on the floor surface at abandonment, indicating a domestic use of the structure. The presence of a hearth (Feature 3) further indicates a domestic use of the structure and would have been used for light, heat, and food preparation.

Abandonment

Structure 111 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 wind and water sediments accumulated over the collapsed roof sediments.

Excavation Details