Structure 601, kiva, type unknown

About this Structure

General Location

Block 600, central part of site, between Blocks 500, 900, and 1500 to the west and the main site drainage to the east.

Specific Location

Southeastern part of Block 600.

Interpretive Type

Not assigned.

Structure Use

This structure contains features typical of Pueblo III kivas in this region. The presence of a prepared floor, a formal hearth, and a deflector, all within our test pit in a circular depression indicates that this structure fits our architectural definition of a kiva. Thus, it is inferred that this structure was probably used in the same ways that other ordinary-size kivas in this area were used during Pueblo III times (in general, for domestic purposes and household-level rituals). Artifacts on the floor within our excavation unit included a small amount of chipped-stone debris, and numerous sherds--predominantly sherds from one or more corrugated jars. These items appear to be incidental household debris.

Abandonment

Too little of the structure floor was exposed to state the type of abandonment for certain. The absence of refuse in the fill suggests that abandonment of this structure occurred as part of the abandonment of the kiva suite.

Postabandonment

The roof was partly burned and the burned as well as the unburned roofing timbers collapsed onto the floor. Wall debris from the upper walls of this kiva and possibly from the surrounding structures collapsed into the depression and additional sediment was deposited naturally.

Excavation Details

No excavation details recorded for this study unit.