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Structure 8-S, aboveground kiva

No Tree-Ring Dates

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General Location Upper west side.
Specific Location Base of cliff, under overhang. Immediately west of main drainage that bisects the site.
Interpretive Type Not assigned.
Structure Use Kiva-type use; the presence of a hearth indicates that the structure was heated at times and that cooking may have taken place; no complete floor artifacts; roof fall artifacts included a complete peckingstone, a complete bead, and an incomplete mano; if these items rested on the roof or were stored in the ceiling, they suggest that domestic activities may have taken place during the final use of this structure.
Abandonment No whole items were found on the floor or in roof fall; no large roof timbers found, rather they appear to have been salvaged and the remainder of the roof burned or left to deteriorate; this interpretation is based on the presence of small burned and unburned beam fragments in the kiva fill.
Postabandonment Structure filled with roof fall and wall fall from kiva and nearby structures; natural deposits also accumulated; part of the kiva was excavated during recent times, exposing some of the kiva architecture.
Excavation Details
Groups to Which This Study Unit was Assigned See The Archaeology of Woods Canyon Pueblo (specifically the chapters on architecture, chronology, and artifacts) for more information on study unit groupings at Woods Canyon Pueblo.

Type ID Description
Area of upper west side
Upper west side
Late Pueblo III (A.D. 1225-1280)
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