Structure 1205, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

Northwestern portion of site.

Specific Location

North-central portion of Block 1200; below Backhoe Trench 1203.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 1205 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 jar and bowl sherds, a polishing stone, and a pecking stone on the floor surface indicates domestic activities. The presence of a hearth also indicates a domestic use of the structure and would have been used for light, heat, and food preparation. A hammerstone was also placed on top of the hearth ash, indicating a domestic use of the structure.


Structure 1205 was abandoned in the Pueblo III period. Mesa Verde Black-on-white bowl and jar fragments were in contact with the floor surface. A polishing stone and a pecking stone were also in contact with the floor surface. The roof of the structure was intentionally burned.


Natural sediments accumulated in the depression left by Structure 1205 after the roof collapsed.

Excavation Details