Structure 204, 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; south of Structure 203, north of Structure 205.

Interpretive Type

Storage room.

Structure Use

Few artifacts were left on the floor to indicate the use of the room. Unlike other rooms inferred to have been used for storage in this kiva suite, the floor was prepared and there is a doorway (although it was informally-constructed). However, the absence of floor features and small room size lead to a tentative interpretation of storage for this structure.

Abandonment

Abandonment of this room appears to have been leisurely and to have occurred before the kiva suite was abandoned, as there was a deposit of ash and secondary refuse resting on roof fall in the southwest corner of the room.

Postabandonment

After abandonment of the room, the roof collapsed, and some trash was deposited on the collapsed roofing material. Not long after that, apparently, most of the upper two-thirds of the northwest wall (which is also the site-enclosing wall) was destroyed by unknown agents (see Database Photo 3349). In the most heavily damaged area, only a few courses of the wall are preserved. This is very unusual in that the site-enclosing wall is thickest and most massively constructed wall at the site, and the adjacent, less-massively built walls of this room are preserved to a much greater height. It is not possible to determine, with the data at hand, what destroyed this section of wall. It could have occurred during the occupation of the village, shortly after the occupation ended, or could have occurred in historic times during pothunting excavations (although no disturbance of the room fill was noted during excvation). It is noteworthy, however, that this section of wall and the section of site-enclosing wall that forms the northwest wall of Structure 202, a few meters to the northeast, are the only places known on the site where the site-enclosing wall was damaged in such a way.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.