Structure 408, masonry surface structure

About this Structure

General Location

Near north edge of site.

Specific Location

3 m grid south of Structure 401.

Interpretive Type

Not assigned.

Structure Use

Few data--no artifacts or features were found on the use surface--but this rough, stone enclosure containing construction fill appears to have been built to increase the depth of sediment in this area for the construction of Structure 402 (kiva) within it. The top of this construction fill would have been approximately level with the rooftop of Structure 402, and thus would have created a courtyard around the kiva that was level with the top of the roof. The purpose or significance of the "D" shape of this structure is unknown, but perhaps reflects special use or significance of the kiva.

Abandonment

The presence of disarticulated human remains in the roof fall of Structure 402 indicates that this structure was abandoned in a manner similar to that of many other structures on the site--as a result of an attack that resulted in the deaths of many of the villagers and that ended the occupation of the village.

Postabandonment

Natural wall collapse and filling by natural deposition of sediment.

Excavation Details