Structure 204, kiva, type unknown

About this Structure

General Location

Grid south edge of site.

Specific Location

18 m grid south of Structure 206.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Use of structure inferred to be consistent with other small kivas of this time period--probably some combination of domestic and ritual uses. Limited direct evidence, however. Circular plan, masonry lining, and presence of niche in masonry face suggest kiva-type architecture and use; however, structure is only semi-subterranean (due to shallow bedrock in this area of the site), and construction method of the above-ground portion of the structure is unknown. Few artifacts were associated with floor, but the presence of a two-hand mano on the floor and a conglomerate sandstone metate a few centimeters above the floor suggest that food processing or meal preparation might have been among the activities carried out in this structure (see also Structure 107).

Abandonment

Roof was burned at structure abandonment.

Postabandonment

Burned roof collapsed, then upper walls collapsed, and slopewash filled upper part of depression.

Excavation Details