Structure 1017, kiva corner room

About this Structure

General Location

Block 1000, northeast quadrant of site.

Specific Location

Adjacent to (west of) the kiva (Structure 1004), north of Structure 1018 (another kiva corner room). Below Arbitrary Unit 1015.

Interpretive Type

Storage room.

Structure Use

There is little direct evidence (no features) of the use of this room before human interments. The only artifacts that could have been associated with the use of the room before the interments are the miscellaneous sherds found on the floor. However, other kiva corner rooms contain evidence of having been used for storage, and it is likely that this small room was used for storage as well. Entry would have been through a roof hatchway, as the walls contain no doorways or other openings. The orginal use of the room probably ceased when the room began to be used for human interments; some structural debris and secondary refuse was also deposited in the room through time. In all, the bodies of six individuals were interred (Human Remains Occurrences 8, 9, and 15--18), which included the bodies of a preterm fetus, an infant less than 6 months old, an infant approximately 1 year old, a child approximately 2 years old, a child 2-6 years old, and an adolescent approximately 15 years old. After the final interment, additional refuse was deposited in the room.

Abandonment

After six bodies were interred on the floor and in the refuse fill of this room, additional refuse was deposited into the room. This uppermost layer of refuse contained some roofing material--whether this material was from the roof of this room or a different structure is unknown. And whether this material was deposited while the adjacent kiva (Structure 1004) was still occupied is unknown.

Postabandonment

The uppermost layer of refuse in the fill of this room contained some roofing material--whether this material was the collapsed roof of this room or was material from a different structure is unknown. And whether this material was deposited while the adjacent kiva (Structure 1004) was still occupied is unknown. In any case, after the roofing material was deposited, the upper walls of the room collapsed, and additional sediment was deposited naturally.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.