Pithouse
Image of Archeologist Randy Morrison excavating Pithouse B at small site

Pithouse
Archeologist Randy Morrison excavating Pithouse B at small site 29SJ 1360
July 21, 1974
CHCU Negative # 2608
Photo credit: Ruin Stabilization Crew, Chaco Culture National Historical Park


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The pithouse was the main living room, and the objects found in it tell us the activities that went on there: cooking, storing food and water, making bone and stone tools, and working turquoise into beads and pendants. In addition to the olla, the archeologist found a wide variety of bowls, jars, pitchers, and ladles on the floor of the pithouse. Particularly interesting are a bowl and a ladle with the same kind of checkerboard design as the olla. Perhaps they were made by the same person or were part of a set of pots belonging to one of the families.

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