Structure 212, masonry surface structure

About this Structure

General Location

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

Specific Location

Surrounds and underlies Structure 208 (kiva). The tower wall is the upper lining wall of the kiva; the tower surface is below subsurface trash and construction fills of the kiva.

Interpretive Type

Tower.

Structure Use

"Structure 212" is the designation for the tower inside which Structure 208, a kiva, was constructed. A similar tower (circular tower surrounded by other structures) is also present in Block 1200 (labeled Structure 1203). Other evidence that Structure 212 originally was a tower includes the possible raised-sill doorway in the south wall (in the vicinity of what later became the southern recess of the kiva, Structure 208) and the surface below the floor of Structure 208. In addition, no other excavated kivas at this site were built within aboveground, circular structures. If Structure 212 did, in fact, exist, little evidence remains of its actual use. The remodeling of Structure 212 (tower) into Structure 208 (kiva) would have destroyed most evidence of use. The only floor features that might have been associated with Structure 212 are a few areas of altered bedrock, although it is just as likely that these were designs created in association with the remodeling of the structure into a kiva. The two surviving wall features shed little light on use--the raised-sill doorway in the south wall, and a possible crude "stairway" of stones protruding from the outside face of the southwest wall of the structure. These stones could have been used for access to the roof or to a second story.

Abandonment

Structure abandonment appears to have been effected with the construction of a kiva inside the structure.

Postabandonment

After the kiva within this tower was abandoned, the roof and upper walls collapsed naturally, and sediment accumulated naturally.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.