Structure 1527, 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 1527 is also located above Structure 1519 (Structure 1519 is the lower story, and Structure 1527, the upper, of this two-story building).

Interpretive Type

Not assigned.

Structure Use

Few data on which to base an inference of use, although the room's location within a D-shaped, bi-wall structure might indicate special use. Also, this was an upper-story room, which might reflect a specific category of use (the room below, Structure 1519, was not a full-height room, however). No artifacts were found on the portion of the floor exposed during excavations. One feature, a firepit, was associated with the floor. The presence of this feature indicates some need in this room for light, heat, or a cooking fire. No doorways were present in the extant portions of the exposed walls, so the means of access into this room is unknown. There might have been a doorway somewhere above the preserved portion of an exposed wall. Or, there could be a doorway in the unexposed portions of the room; that is, through the west end of the south wall that led into Structure 1502 (kiva), or through the west wall into the unexcavated bi-wall room to the west. Alternatively, the room might have been entered through a hatchway in the roof.

Abandonment

The lack of artifacts on the exposed portion of the floor suggests that abandonment was leisurely. Possible refuse on the roof of the structure (PD 1197) could indicate that the room was abandoned before the block was abandoned.

Postabandonment

A stratum of unknown origin containing a multitude of artifacts (PD 1197) as well as evidence of a possible "broken up" firepit (Feature 1) was deposited into the fill of this room through unknown means. There was no wood in this stratum, which suggests that this material was not associated with the roof of this room. However, the great quantity of artifacts (some fragmentary, some complete) contained in this stratum must have been culturally deposited. Thus, this stratum was accumulated refuse that ended up in the fill of this room by either natural or cultural means. It is possible that this stratum is debris from the roof of the room, and the wood portion was removed for reuse either during roof collapse or after the roof collapsed. After this material was deposited, the upper walls of the structure collapsed into the fill, and additional sediment was deposited naturally.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.