Structure 202, masonry surface structure

About this Structure

General Location

Block 200, west edge of site, west-northwest of plaza.

Specific Location

Northernmost structure in Block 200; between Structure 207 and the site-enclosing wall.

Interpretive Type

Storage room.

Structure Use

This room is inferred to have been used for storage, given the small size, the sloping floor, the absence of floor features, and the apparent mode of entry (roof hatchway).


Some intentional fill rested on the floor and contained stones and refuse, which indicates that this room was abandoned in a leisurely way before the entire kiva suite was abandoned.


Portions of the upper walls collapsed and sediment was deposited naturally. An unknown length of time after the room was abandoned, a large portion of the northwest wall--which is also the site-enclosing wall-- was destroyed by unknown forces (see Database Photo 2529). Masonry walls that collapse naturally typically do so rather evenly across the top. This damage is even more striking because the site-enclosing wall is the thickest and most massive wall at the site. The cause of this damage is unclear. It does not appear to have been the result of a natural occurrence such as a flash flood; the surrounding topography would not have channeled water in this location. It is also unlikely that the damage was caused by pothunting in historic times, because no disturbance of the room fill was noted during excavation. Therefore, the most likely cause of the damage is human activity in ancient times, after the room was abandoned. Whatever the agent of destruction, it is noteworthy that this damage, and the even more severe damage to the northwest wall of Structure 204 (a few meters to the southwest) are the only observed places where the site-enclosing wall was damaged in such a manner.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.