Structure 602, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

Southwestern portion of site.

Specific Location

Northeastern portion of Architectural Block 600; west of Structure 502.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 602 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. Pottery sherds as well as a two-handed mano were left on the floor surface at abandonment. Four manos were left in the hearth at abandonment. The presence of the pottery and five manos indicates a domestic use of the structure. The presence of unfired pottery on the floor surface indicates pottery production within this structure and also supports a domestic use of Structure 602.

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