Structure 224, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

Central portion of site.

Specific Location

Northwestern portion of Block 200; below Backhoe Trench 219.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 224 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 a Mesa Verde corrugated jar on the floor surface, as well as a pendent, two two-handed manos, and a thin clay disk, indicates a domestic use of the structure. The presence of a hearth, Feature 1, also indicates a domestic use of the structure and would have been used for light, heat, and food preparation.

Abandonment

Structure 224 was abandoned in the late Pueblo III period. This may be one of the latest structures occupied immediately prior to regional abandonment. A Mesa Verde corrugated jar was left on the floor surface as well as a pendent, two two-handed manos, and a thin clay disk. The roof was intentionally burned. The roof collapsed on to the structure floor.

Postabandonment

Natural sediments accumulated above the roof sediments.

Excavation Details