Structure 1113, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

Northwestern portion of site.

Specific Location

North-central portion of Block1100; below Backhoe Trench 1110.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 1113 is similar to other subterranean kivas occupied during the Pueblo III period and was probably used in a combination of domestic and ritual activities. The presence of two McElmo Black-on-white bowl sherds on the floor indicates domestic activities. The presence of a hearth (Feature 2) and ash-pit (Feature 3) also indicates a domestic use of the structure and would have been used for light, heat, and food preparation.

Abandonment

Structure 1113 was abandoned during the early Pueblo III period. The roof beams were removed prior to abandonment. There is an absence of Mesa Verde Black-on-white pottery on the structure floor.

Postabandonment

Natural sediments were deposited into the depression left by Structure 1113 after the roof collapsed.

Excavation Details