Structure 401, other masonry structure

About this Structure

General Location

West-central portion of site.

Specific Location

Northeast portion of Block 400; above Structure 405; in the eastern portion of Backhoe Trench 404.

Interpretive Type

Shrine.

Structure Use

Because this structure way dry-laid, contained no prepared surface or features, and was unroofed, the structure use is unknown. Members of the Native American Advisory Team interpreted structures like Structure 401 as a shrine.

Abandonment

Structure 401 was abandoned in the late Pueblo III period, immediately prior to regional abandonment. Natural sediment accumulated within and above this structure. Artifacts were most likely washed in from surrounding areas of higher elevation.

Postabandonment

Natural sediment accumulated within and above this structure. Artifacts were most likely washed in from surrounding areas of higher elevation.

Excavation Details