Structure 222, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

Central portion of site.

Specific Location

Northwestern portion of Block 200.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 222 is similar to other kivas occupied during the Pueblo III period and was probably used in a combination of domestic and ritual activities. The presence of multiple bowl and jar sherds, as well as one indeterminate ground stone, indicates a domestic use of the structure. The presence of a hearth (Feature 2) also indicates a domestic use of the structure and would have been used for light, heat, and food preparation.


Structure 222 was abandoned during the early Pueblo III period (no Mesa Verde Black-on-white pottery on the floor surface). Some pottery and one ground stone were left on the structure floor at abandonment. The primary beams were removed and probably recycled. The remainder of the roof collapsed on to the structure floor.


Natural sediments accumulated above the roof sediments.

Excavation Details