Structure 1507, masonry surface structure

About this Structure

General Location

Block 1500, west-central portion of site, east of plaza.

Specific Location

Southeast corner of the D-shaped building, north of Structure 1518. Structure 1507 is also located below Structure 1526, an inferred second-story room.

Interpretive Type

Storage room.

Structure Use

The location of this room in a D-shaped, biwall structure might indicate special use. If the features recorded as "possible beam sockets" were indeed roof beam sockets, then this room was less than 1 m in height, which dramatically narrows the possibilities for use. No artifacts were found on the original prepared surface, and few artifacts were associated with later surfaces. The only feature in the excavated portion of the room is a niche. There are no doorways in the excavated portion of the room, although there might be one in the north wall. Access might thus have been through the north wall or through a hatchway in the roof. On the basis of the possibility that the possible beam sockets did support the roof of this room at a height of just under 1 m from the floor, this is being called a storage room.

Abandonment

Abandonment of the room was leisurely. Few artifacts were left on the prepared surfaces, and strata of secondary refuse and construction material were deposited into the room on and above the latest prepared surface. There was no evidence that the roof was burned.

Postabandonment

The fill of the room contains a series of strata of secondary refuse, construction material, and ephemeral use surfaces. It is not clear when the roof of this structure collapsed or was removed, nor when the roof of the possible room above this (Structure 1526) collapsed or was removed. After all of these events occurred and all of these materials were deposited, the upper portion of the walls collapsed into the room, and additional sediment was deposited.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.