Structure 1315, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

East-central portion of site.

Specific Location

Central portion of Block 1300.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 1315 is similar to other subterranean kivas occupied during the late Pueblo III period as was probably used in a combination of domestic and ritual activities. The presence of a hearth indicates a domestic use of the structure and would have been used for light, heat, and food preparation. Sherds were collected from the hearth as well as a clay knot (other ceramic artifact). These artifacts also indicate a domestic use of the structure.


Structure 1315 was abandoned in the late Pueblo III period (most likely in the period immediately prior to regional abandonment). The roof of the structure was intentionally burned and collapsed on the structure floor.


A slab-lined pit was constructed on the floor of Structure 1315 after a pit from Nonstructure 1322 Surface 1 was excavated through the roof sediments of Structure 1315. Natural sediments filled the structure depression and slab-lined pit after the site was abandoned. Plowing disturbed natural upper fill.

Excavation Details