Structure 203, masonry surface structure

About this Structure

General Location

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

Specific Location

Between the site-enclosing wall to the west and Structures 208/212 to the east-southeast, in approximately the center of the row of rooms associated with the kiva (Structure 208).

Interpretive Type

Storage room.

Structure Use

Several lines of evidence suggest that, although this is a sizable room, it was probably used for storage rather than as a dwelling: (1) the floor slopes and is composed of cracked and irregular, bare bedrock, (2) there are no floor features, (3) there are no doorways in the preserved portions of the walls, suggesting that entry was through a hatchway in the roof. Many artifacts were found in roof fall and on the floor, including many usable items (de facto refuse). Numerous stone tools were present, as well as many hundreds of sherds. The stone tools included food-preparation tools, axes, and less common items such as a sandal last and a tchamahia. The sherds were primarily from corrugated, or cooking, vessels. It is inferred that many of these tools and vessels were being stored in this room; however, some of these artifacts could have originally been left on the roof.

Abandonment

The many usable items left in this structure suggests either that abandonment was hurried and unplanned, or that the residents were moving too far away to take bulky, heavy items. That usable items were not scavenged by others suggests that abandonment of this structure occurred when the entire village was abandoned.

Postabandonment

It appears that the roof and then the upper portions of walls collapsed, both as a result of natural processes. Sediment was deposited naturally as well.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.