Structure 145, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

Central portion of site.

Specific Location

West-central portion of Block 100; below Backhoe Trench 143.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 145 is similar to other pit structures occupied during the Pueblo III period and was probably used in a combination of domestic and ritual activities. The presence of numerous bowl and jar sherds on the structure floor indicates that Structure 145 was used domestically. The presence of a hearth (Features 1 and 2) also indicates a domestic use of the structure and would have been used for light, heat, and food preparation.

Abandonment

The primary beams in the roof were removed and probably recycled. The remainder of the roof collapsed on to the structure floor. Natural sediments accumulated above the roof sediments. Structure 145 was abandoned in the early Pueblo III period.

Postabandonment

Natural sediments and rubble from a nearby structure filled in the depression left by Structure 145.

Excavation Details