Structure 1204, masonry surface structure
About this Structure
Block 1200, southeast quadrant of site, on cliff edge.
At north end of excavated portion of Block 1200, between the kiva (Structure 1206) and the tower (Structure 1203); adjacent to (northeast of) Structure 1212. Structure 1204 is below Nonstructure 1214 (midden discarded into abandoned Structures 1204 and 1212), which in turn is below Arbitrary Unit 1216. Structure 1204 is also located on top of the northeast half of Structure 1215, which was the original large room that was subdivided into two smaller rooms, Structures 1204 and 1212.
Few data on which to base an interpretation of use--no artifacts or features were associated with the floor. There was no evidence of a doorway in the extant portions of the walls, and access is thus inferred to have been through a hatchway in the roof. The absence of a doorway and a hearth suggest that the room was not used as a habitation room, but the structure has a prepared floor and is large enough to have been used for something other than storage, so no interpretive type is assigned.
The presence of refuse in the fill of the structure as well as above the structure fill (Nonstructure 1214) indicates that this room was abandoned before the associated kiva suite was abandoned. Thus, abandonment was leisurely while occupation of the kiva suite continued.
After the structure was abandoned, it was used for the deposition of refuse for an indeterminate length of time. The body of an adult female (Human Remains Occurrence 5) was deposited in this refuse, which is Nonstructure 1214. The upper walls of the room collapsed or continued to collapse, and additional sediment accumulated naturally.
No excavation details recorded for this study unit.