Structure 1521, kiva corner room

About this Structure

General Location

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

Specific Location

East half of the D-shaped building, adjacent to (north and west of) Structure 1501.

Interpretive Type

Storage room.

Structure Use

Probably used as a storage space. Access was through a large pass-through; no hatchway was present in the roof (which was largely intact). The height of the interior of this "room" (actually more like a crawl space) appears to have been only 45 cm. Although the documentation is unclear, it seems that the floor was level with the bench surface in the associated kiva, and photographs show that the roof was somewhat below the top of Pilaster 3 (Feature 25). No artifacts were defined as being associated with the floor. This small space was most likely used for storage.

Abandonment

Because the only known access was through a pass-through into the kiva (Structure 1501) main chamber, it is inferred that this structure was abandoned at the same time and in the same manner as the kiva. Abandonment of the kiva appears to have been leisurely, and probably occurred while occupation of other areas of the village continued. Brief reuse of the structure is indicated by the presence of an informal firepit (Feature 10) that was constructed on sediment that rested on the last prepared floor (Surface 1). Possibly also constructed during this reuse was a metate bin (Feature 9), although, alternatively, it is possible that the bin was constructed prior to the original abandonment of the structure.

Postabandonment

Even though the roof of the structure remained intact, the structure filled with naturally deposited sediment and debris after the structure was abandoned. This fill was later disturbed by animal burrowing.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.