Structure 505, masonry surface structure

About this Structure

General Location

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

Specific Location

Northeast end of courtyard (Nonstructure 513), in front row of roomblock. East of Structure 506, south of Structure 512.

Interpretive Type

Not assigned.

Structure Use

It is not clear how this small room was used. Originally, it might have been the eastern portion of a single, larger room in which Structure 506 was the western portion. The final floor of Structure 505 contains an informal firepit, and several complete ground stone tools were found on the floor. Walls are not preserved to a height adequate to determine whether any contained doorways, so it cannot be stated whether entry was through a wall or through the roof.

Abandonment

Unclear. Several usable artifacts were left on the floor. Thus, these items were neither taken by the residents nor scavenged by others. This, along with the absence of secondary refuse in the room fill, suggests that abandonment of this structure and kiva suite occurred at the same time the village was abandoned. 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

Sediment was deposited naturally on the floor prior to wall collapse--the fate of the roofing material is unknown. Field notes report that there was no evidence of roofing material in the structure fill. However, it seems possible that the lowermost stratum of fill in the structure (PD 369), interpreted as postabandonment erosional deposit below wall fall could have been the sediment portion of the roof, and the beams could have been removed for reuse.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.