Structure 137, earth-walled pit structure

About this Structure

General Location

Central portion of site.

Specific Location

East-central portion of Block 100. Below Backhoe Trench 135 and in 2-x-2-m units 489N 485E and 489N 487E.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 137 is a earthen-walled and partially masonry-lined pit structure. Structure 137 is similar to other pit structures occupied during the Pueblo II period was probably used in a combination of domestic and ritual activities. The presence of multiple Pueblo III sherds on the floor surface as well as one core, a mano, and six indeterminate ground stones indicates a domestic use of the structure. The presence of a hearth (Features 2 and 6) also indicates a domestic use of the structure and would have been used for light, heat, and food preparation.

Abandonment

The primary roof beams in Structure 137 were removed and probably recycled. The remains of the roof collapsed on to the structure floor. Secondary refuse (Nonstructure 152) was deposited into the structure above the collapsed roof sediments. Nonstructure 152 dates from the Pueblo II period, therefore Structure 137 was no longer used after the Pueblo II period.

Postabandonment

Secondary refuse (Nonstructure 152) was deposited into the depression Structure 137 after the roof collapsed on to the floor. Natural sediments accumulated above Nonstructure 152 deposits.

Excavation Details