Structure 306, aboveground kiva

About this Structure

General Location

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

Specific Location

Between Structure 305 on the west and Structures 307 and 308 on the east. Probably overlies Nonstructure 314.

Interpretive Type

Not assigned.

Structure Use

This structure contains several features typical of Pueblo III kivas in this region: hearth, deflector, ventilation system, circular plan, and sipapu. Even though this structure does not contain other typical features such as bench surfaces and roof-support pilasters, the features that are present, plus the array of typical, domestic tools and vessels that was left on the main chamber floor and on the floor of the vent tunnel all suggest that this structure was constructed as, and used as, a kiva. The rooms adjacent to this kiva might have been associated with it, especially Structure 305, with which it appears to have been connected by a doorway (prior to the doorway being plugged).

Abandonment

Abandonment is inferred to have been leisurely because of evidence of structural dismantling (see "Postabandonment Processes").

Postabandonment

The mostly-inferred, northeast and northwest curved walls that might have formed Structures 310 and 311 were represented by only a few rocks resting on the kiva floor; if these rooms or features did, in fact, exist, these walls must have been dismantled. This dismantling would presumably have occurred at or after the abandonment of the kiva, which would suggest that the structure was abandoned before the village was abandoned, and also that it is likely that at least some parts of the roof were also salvaged. The artifact assemblage left in the structure at abandonment could also have been altered during these activities. During or after this salvage work, some roofing material came to rest on the structure floor, then upper walls collapsed, and additional sediment was deposited naturally.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.