Structure 1414, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

Northeastern portion of site.

Specific Location

Northeastern portion of Block 1400; below Backhoe Trench 1407 and Nonstructure 1409.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 1414 is similar to other pit structures occupied during the late Pueblo II or early Pueblo III period and was probably used in a combination of domestic and ritual activities. The presence of multiple jar and bowl sherds on the structure floor, as well as four peckingstones, an abrader, two polishing stones, a core, a maul, and a pendant, indicates a domestic use of the structure. The presence of a hearth (Feature 3) and an ash-pit (Feature 4) also indicates a domestic use of the structure and was used for light, heat, and food preparation.

Abandonment

Based on pottery in contact with the structure floor, Structure 1414 was abandoned during the early Pueblo III period. Items were left on the structure floor and bench at abandonment. Primary beams were removed from the roof and the remaining sediments collapsed on the structure floor. Secondary refuse, Nonstructure 1409 was deposited above the roof sediments. Nonstructure 1409 deposits date from the early Pueblo III period.

Postabandonment

Natural accumulations on top of roof sediments.

Excavation Details