Structure 1018, kiva corner room

About this Structure

General Location

Block 1000, northeast quadrant of site.

Specific Location

Adjacent to (south and west of) the kiva (Structure 1004), south of Structure 1017 (another kiva corner room). Below Arbitrary Unit 1015.

Interpretive Type

Storage room.

Structure Use

There is little evidence to indicate what this room was used for; few artifacts were found on the floor. Other kiva corner rooms have contained evidence of having been used for storage, and it is likely that this small room was used for storage as well. A pass-through (Feature 27) in the northeast wall would have allowed the passage of small objects or small children between this room and the kiva main chamber. Because adults would not have been able to pass through an opening so small, there must have been a hatchwesy in the roof as well. Also, either at the same time, or sometime after, this room was built an opening was created through the west wall, which would suggest some relationship between the residents of this room (and associated kiva Structure 1004) and the unexcavated structure adjacent to the west.

Abandonment

Abandonment of the room probably occurred as part of the abandonment of the kiva suite; evidence indicates that abandonment of the suite was the result of a warfare event, although it is possible, altternatively, that the room had been abandoned and the roof had begun to collapse before the kiva suite was abandoned. The remains of an infant approximately one year old (Human Remains Occurrence 7, Feature 32) were found in roof fall, and it appears that the sprawled body was either left on the roof of the room at structure (and kiva suite) abandonment, or that the body fell or was dropped into the collapsed roofing material.

Postabandonment

Roof material and the remains of an infant (Human Remains Occurrence 7, Feature 32) were deposited into the structure. The upper walls of the room collapsed and additional sediment was deposited into the depression.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.