Structure 117, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

Central portion of site.

Specific Location

Eastern portion of Architectural Block 100; 491N 540E.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 117 is similar to other kivas occupied during the Early Pueblo III period and was most likely used in a combination of domestic and ritual activities. The presence of a hearth (Features 1) indicates a domestic use of the structure and would have been used for light, heat, and food preparation. The presence of multiple bowl and jar sherds on the floor surface also indicates a domestic use of the structure.

Abandonment

Structure 117 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. Nonstructure 132 refuse was deposited in Structure 117 after it was no longer in use.

Postabandonment

Natural wind and water deposits covered Nonstructure 132 refuse.

Excavation Details