Posted by: Stephanie Mach | July 4, 2008

Extramural Testing: July 4, 2008

We have made some exciting new discoveries since last week! The first picture shows a hearth that we excavated over two weeks ago and have since returned to under the suspicion that it is inside a pit house. Leslie found a long hole (to the right of the hearth in the picture) where a sandstone slab would have been placed to protect the fire from the doorway draft. The second picture is of Structure 22. As you can see there many holes in this structure. We are calling this strange structure a house within a pit, which is different than a pit house. The inner wall is distinguished by a small N/S trench parallel to the yellow and black & white ruler. There are four large holes which are the roof and door support for the doorway which exits to the east. Six small holes, three on each side of the entryway provide the support for a porch structure. The house itself dates to the AD 700s and is reminiscent of Hohokom style houses seen in the Verde Valley near Tucson, and it is the first of its kind seen at Homolovi. The third picture shows our excavation of a square shaped fire pit above the blue bucket and since the photo was taken this morning we have uncovered a mystery pit and the walls of a possible square pit house. Perhaps we have finally found what we have been looking for!

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