Structure 507, masonry surface structure

About this Structure

General Location

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

Specific Location

North end of courtyard (Nonstructure 513), in front row of roomblock, between Structures 506 and 508.

Interpretive Type

Storage room.

Structure Use

It is not clear how this room was used; a few partial and complete vessels and usable tools were associated with the floor. The absence of a hearth or firepit suggests the room was not used for habitation; the presence of two storage features in the floor and the design of the two doorways (raised-sill rather than floor-level) suggest a storage function for the room, although the room might have been used for other activities as well. Doorways in the east and north walls indicate mutual access between this room and Structures 506 and 511.

Abandonment

Unclear. A few usable vessels and tools were left on the floor and there was no secondary refuse in the room fill. Thus, the usable items were neither taken by the residents nor scavenged by others. Also, there was no secondary refuse in the room fill. These circumstances suggest that the room was abandoned at the same time as the kiva suite--which appears to have 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 field notes report that there was no evidence of roofing material in the structure fill; however, it seems possible that the stratum of clean fill resting on the floor surface (PD 375, called "postabandonment erosional deposit") 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.