Structure 1114, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

Northwestern portion of site.

Specific Location

West-central portion of Block 1100; below Backhoe Trench 1111.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 1114 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 McElmo Black-on-white sherds and a Mesa Verde Black-on-white sherd on the floor indicates domestic activities. The presence of a hearth (Feature 1) also indicates a domestic use of the structure and would have been used for light, heat, and food preparation.

Abandonment

Structure 1114 was abandoned in the Pueblo III period. Several McElmo Black-on-white sherds and one Mesa Verde Black-on-white sherd were in contact with the floor surface. The structure appears to have been intentionally burned.

Postabandonment

Natural sediments accumulated in the depression left by Structure 1114 after the roof collapsed.

Excavation Details