Structure 403, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

Southwestern portion of the site.

Specific Location

Northwestern portion of Architectural Block 400; west of Structure 402; 437.6N 488.6E.

Interpretive Type

Not assigned.

Structure Use

Structure 403 is similar to other kivas occupied during the Late 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

The deflector (Feature 2) was dismantled prior to structure abandonment. Structure 403 was intentionally set on fire at abandonment. The burned roof collapsed on to the structure floor and was covered by natural wind and water sediments over time.

Postabandonment

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

Excavation Details