Structure 808, aboveground kiva

About this Structure

General Location

Near the southwest end of the pueblo in Architectural Block 800.

Specific Location

Adjacent to, and west of, the great kiva complex.

Interpretive Type

Not assigned.

Structure Use

This structure contained features typical of Pueblo III kivas in this region, including a prepared floor, masonry bench face, pilasters, and a niche. Two polishing stones were left on the floor, and thus, pottery might have been polished in this structure. Several awls, a couple of manos, several peckingstones, a core, and an additional polishing stone were found in collapsed roofing debris and might have been left in the roofing timbers, or might have been on top of the roof when it collapsed.

Abandonment

Few artifacts were left on the kiva floor, which suggests a leisurely abandonment. The condition of the bench-face masonry and pilasters, and absence of bench surfaces strongly suggests that some of the of the masonry in this kiva was dismantled and the stones removed for reuse elsewhere. A substantial amount of alluvially deposited sediments accumulated in the structure before the roof (including primary beams) was intentionally burned.

Postabandonment

After the roof was burned, the structure filled with alluvial deposits and wall fall.

Excavation Details