Structure 205, masonry surface structure

About this Structure

General Location

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

Specific Location

Southwest corner of excavated portion of Block 200. Located west-southwest of Structures 208/212, in the corner created by Structure 204 to the north and Structure 206 to the east.

Interpretive Type

Not assigned.

Structure Use

Difficult to determine the use of this room. Some effort was put into leveling the irregular bedrock floor, and there is a well-constructed doorway in the southwest wall that was built when the wall was constructed. These two factors are suggestive of habitation rather than of storage. However, there are no floor features, which suggests that the room was used for storage. A large jumble of artifacts was found in the southeast corner of the room on the floor and in roof fall. Included in this pile were vessels as well as many sherds that do not appear to have been usable when they were deposited. The jumbled context and location in a corner of the room away from the doorway are unusual and look as though at least some of these items were dumped through a hatchway in the southeast corner of the room. Thus, the room might have last been used as a midden. Like Structures 206 and 211, this room might have been associated with an unnumbered kiva suite adjacent to the south, rather than with Kiva Suite 208; evidence of this is that the doorways in Structures 205 and 206 open toward the south and Structure 211 is adjacent to these rooms.

Abandonment

Abandonment appears to have been leisurely. Many artifacts were found on the floor and in roof fall; some are usable, others clearly were not usable when they were deposited and thus might have been deposited as trash. The best interpretation appears to be that active use of the room ended before the adjacent rooms were abandoned and some trash accumulated in the southeast corner of the room. This trash might have been dumped through a hatchway in the roof.

Postabandonment

The roof and then the upper walls collapsed naturally, and sediment was deposited naturally.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.