Structure 1206, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

Northwestern portion of site.

Specific Location

Northwestern portion of Block 1200; below Backhoe Trench 1204.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 1206 is similar to other pit structures occupied during the early Pueblo III period and was probably used in a combination of domestic and ritual activities. The presence of multiple late White Unpainted jar and bowl sherds, as well as a two-hand mano, indicates a domestic use of the structure. The hearth (Feature 1) also indicates a domestic use of the structure and would have been used for light, heat, and food preparation. A polishing stone was also recovered from the hearth.

Abandonment

Structure 1206 was abandoned during the Pueblo III period. This inference is based on the presence of multiple late White Unpainted jar and bowl sherds. The primary beams in the roof may have been removed and recycled.

Postabandonment

Natural sediments accumulated in the depression left by Structure 1206 after the roof collapsed.

Excavation Details