Structure 502, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

Southwestern portion of site.

Specific Location

North-central portion of Architectural Block 500; 457.1N 478.5E.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 502 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.

Abandonment

The primary beams were recycled from the roof of Structure 502. The remaining roof elements were collapsed on to the structure floor in the Early Pueblo III period.

Postabandonment

Natural wind and water sediments accumulated above the roof sediments.

Excavation Details