Structure 803, subterranean kiva

About this Structure

General Location

South-central portion of site.

Specific Location

West-central portion of Block 800; below Backhoe Trench 802.

Interpretive Type

Living room.

Structure Use

Structure 803 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 jar and bowl fragments on the floor surface, as well as two two-hand manos, indicates a domestic use of the structure. The presence of the hearth (Features 7, 8, and 9) also indicates a domestic use of the structure and would have been used for light, heat, and food preparation. The presence of a sipapu (Feature 6) indicates a ritual function in Structure 803.

Abandonment

Based on pottery data, Structure 803 was abandoned in the Pueblo III period. The primary beams were removed and probably recycled. The roof sediments collapsed on to the structure floor.

Postabandonment

Natural sediments accumulated above the collapsed roof. A masonry wall was constructed (or collapsed) above the southern recess bench on natural sediments.

Excavation Details