Structure 517, kiva, type unknown

About this Structure

General Location

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

Specific Location

East of Kiva Suite 501.

Interpretive Type

Not assigned.

Structure Use

This structure contains features typical of Pueblo III kivas in this region. Features observed in the portion excavated consist of a masonry bench face, a southern recess, a hearth, and a ventilation system. The presence of the hearth indicates that the kiva was heated and lighted and that cooking might have occurred in the structure. The types and variety of artifacts found on the small area of floor exposed suggest that the final use of the kiva included domestic activities. The roof-fall artifacts are believed to have fallen from the portion of the roof above the southern recess.


Both de facto and primary refuse was left on the floor. The roof was not burned. Instead, it appears to have been dismantled, with the exception of the section over the southern recess. The portion of the kiva roof above the southern recess was left in place and eventually deteriorated and collapsed. It also appears that the deflector was dismantled at, or after, structure abandonment.


Structure filled with wall fall, some roof fall (mainly from roof over southern recess), and alluvial and aeolian deposits.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.