Structure 504, masonry surface structure

About this Structure

General Location

Block 500, west of drainage; borders southwest end of plaza.

Specific Location

West end of courtyard (Nonstructure 513); south of Structure 503.

Interpretive Type

Storage room.

Structure Use

This might have been a storage room. There are no floor features (such as a hearth or firepit) indicative of habitation; a moderate amount of defacto refuse was found on the floor (partial vessels, stone tools). A raised-sill doorway in the east wall provided access between this room and the courtyard. A raised-sill doorway that had been blocked with masonry originally provided mutual access between this room and Room 503, but this access was permanently blocked at some point during the occupation of the suite.

Abandonment

Numerous usable vessels and tools were found in the roof fall and on the floor of this room, and there is no refuse in the room fill. Thus, numerous usable items were neither taken by the residents nor scavenged by others, suggesting that abandonment of this structure and the kiva suite occurred at the same time occupation of the village ended. Abandonment of the suite could have followed a ritual interment in Structure 501 (kiva), could have resulted from a warfare event, or from some other, unknown cause.

Postabandonment

Roof and upper walls collapsed naturally.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.