Structure 1208, masonry surface structure

About this Structure

General Location

Block 1200, southeast quadrant of site, on cliff edge.

Specific Location

Southeast corner of excavated portion of Block 1200; east of Structure 1207, south of Structure 1220; abuts site-enclosing wall to east.

Interpretive Type

Not assigned.

Structure Use

Few data on which to base an interpretation of use. No artifacts were documented as resting on the floor. An informal firepit is located in the northwest corner of the room, indicating that some cooking occurred, or that there was a need for heat or light in this room. However, the feature was neither formally constructed nor heavily used, so if the room was used as a living room, it was used only briefly for this purpose. A doorway in the north wall allowed mutual access between this room and Structure 1220, the southeast corner room (actually more of a crawl space) of Structure 1206 (kiva). The doorway was constructed when the wall was built; if the south wall of Structure 1208 was built later than this north wall, then the doorway originally led to open space and only after the construction of the south wall of (of Structure 1208) did it lead into a room. The absence of a formal hearth suggests that the primary use of the structure was not as a living room.

Abandonment

The fact that floor artifacts had been removed suggests that this room was abandoned in a leisurely manner.

Postabandonment

Roofing material and upper wall stones slowly collapsed into the structure over time, and additional sediment was deposited naturally.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.