Structure 309, kiva corner room

About this Structure

General Location

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

Specific Location

Southeast corner room off of Structure 306 (kiva); located in the small, triangular space between the kiva and the kiva-enclosing wall. Overlies Nonstructure 314.

Interpretive Type

Not assigned.

Structure Use

It is not clear what this space was or how it might have been used. It was formed by a low, curved kiva lower lining wall that enclosed the southeast corner of the rectangular structure into which the kiva (Structure 306) was built. The curved wall was partly collapsed or dismantled, and its original height is not known. The wall does not appear to have been constructed in such a way as to create usable space behind it; rather, the roughly triangular space defined by the wall appears to have been created incidentally. It is possible that this space was not an actual structure; it could have been filled with construction material up to typical bench level and then used as a storage shelf (although no bench surface was recorded in the field).

Abandonment

Abandoned in the same leisurely manner as the associated kiva (Structure 306).

Postabandonment

Possibly subject to some of the same types of dismantling as occurred in the associated kiva (Stucture 306), such as robbing of stones or intentional collapsing of the kiva roof during salvaging of beams. This structure was then buried by the natural collapse of the upper walls of the kiva and naturally deposited sediment.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.