Structure 512, masonry surface structure

About this Structure

General Location

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

Specific Location

Northeasternmost corner of excavated area. East of Structure 511, back row of roomblock.

Interpretive Type

Storage room.

Structure Use

The location of this structure in the "back" row of rooms in the roomblock, the absence of floor features (such as a hearth), and lack of evidence of a doorway suggest that this room was used for storage, although other uses are also possible. Several vessels and usable tools were left on the floor of the room, including a rare artifact, a stone mortar (the only other mortar found at the site was in Structure 208, a kiva). The room appears to have been constructed after Structures 505, 506, and 511. Access might have been through a raised-sill doorway in a portion of a wall that no longer exists, or might have been through the roof.

Abandonment

Several usable vessels and tools were found on the floor of this room. Thus, these 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 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

Unclear. Field forms indicate that the lower fill is postabandonment wall collapse above de facto refuse on the floor; however, there appears to be too many artifacts in this wall collapse to have been deposited naturally. There thus exists the possibility of cuturally deposited refuse mixed in with the collapsed wall debris.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.