Structure 305, masonry surface structure

About this Structure

General Location

Block 300, west of spring; borders east-northeast end of plaza.

Specific Location

Between Structure 304 to the west and Structure 306 to the east.

Interpretive Type

Not assigned.

Structure Use

Difficult to determine how this structure was used. It was constructed with one raised-sill doorway in the east wall, and one in the south wall, although the east doorway was blocked sometime during the occupation of the room. Doorways, especially multiple doorways, are suggestive of use other than storage. The room also contains a storage bin, which would presumably not be necessary if the entire room were used for storage. On the other hand, the room does not have a hearth or firepit, so compelling evidence that domestic activities occurred there is lacking.,A few stone tools and the crushed remains of several corrugated jars were found on the floor. These items could have been stored in this room; there is no evidence that they were used there. This structure is adjacent to Structure 306 (kiva) and was probably part of Kiva Suite 306.

Abandonment

Usable items were left on the floor at abandonment. It is not clear whether any of the crushed corrugated jars were complete when they were placed in the room, or if they were already broken. There is no other evidence in the excavated portion of the roomblock to suggest a catastrophic abandonment of these structures, so abandonment is inferred to have been leisurely.

Postabandonment

A small amount of ashy refuse and the partial remains of a two-to-three-year-old child (HRO 32) were found in roof fall. The circumstances surrounding the deposition of these remains are not known, but evidence of intentional burial is lacking. The upper walls of the room collapsed naturally, and sediment was deposited naturally.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.