Structure 302, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

South-central portion of the site.

Specific Location

Northwestern portion of Architectural Block 300; 435.5N 535.9E.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 302 is similar to other kivas occupied during the 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.

Abandonment

Primary beams were recycled from the structure roof before the secondary beams and other construction elements were collapsed on to the floor surface.

Postabandonment

Natural wind and water sediments accumulated above the collapsed roof sediments.

Excavation Details