Structure 903, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

North-central portion of site.

Specific Location

East-central portion of Architectural Block 900; north of Nonstructure 901; 567N 546E.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 903 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

Prior to structure abandonment a circular masonry feature (Feature 3) was constructed between the hearth and deflector. The function of this feature is unknown. The primary beams were recycled from the roof of Structure 903. 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