Structure 118, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

Central portion of site.

Specific Location

Southeastern portion of Architectural Block 100; 485.4N 528.6E.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 118 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 bowl sherds on the floor surface also indicates a domestic use of the structure. The sipapu indicates a ritual use of the structure.

Abandonment

Structure 118 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