Structure 1519, masonry surface structure

About this Structure

General Location

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

Specific Location

West half of the D-shaped building, immediately north of Structure 1502, in the space between the north wall of the kiva and the curved row of rooms that partly defines the D-shaped structure. Structure 1519 is also located below Structure 1527 (Structure 1519 is the lower story, and Structure 1527, the upper, of this two-story building).

Interpretive Type

Storage room.

Structure Use

Few data on which to base an interpretation of use, although the location of this room in a D-shaped, bi-wall structure might indicate special use. This was not a full-height room; the roof was only 1.35 m above the floor. Thus, the structure would have been tall enough for an adult to crawl and sit upright, but not to stand or walk. No features, but one artifact, a chipped stone tool, was found on the portion of the floor that was excavated. Four beam sockets--two in the north wall and two in the south wall--clearly indicated where the slumped (but nearly intact) roof had been located originally. There was no evidence of a doorway or hatchway in the excavated portion of the room, so the means of accessing this room is unknown. The low height of the ceiling suggests that this room was used for storage.

Abandonment

The lack of artifacts on the floor and the presence of refuse in the fill suggests that abandonment was leisurely and that it occurred while occupation of the architectural block continued.

Postabandonment

Secondary refuse was deposited into the structure for an unknown length of time, and, over time, the roof slumped down until it rested on this fill. The fill above this is provenienced with the upper-story room (Structure 1527).

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.