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Kiatuthlanna Pithouses, Zuni Ancestral Puebloan Culture, Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico

Data for this computer model from The Ruins at Kiatuthlanna, Eastern Arizona, by Frank H. H. Roberts Jr.; United States Government Printing Office, 1931.

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    Computer model of sequence of construction: earth excavation. Data for this computer model from The Ruins at Kiatuthlanna, Eastern Arizona by Frank H. H. Roberts Jr.; United States Government Printing Office, 1931. Kiatuthlanna is located about 35 miles west-southwest of Zuni Pueblo.
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    Computer model of sequence of construction: columns installed.
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    Computer model of sequence of construction: beams installed.
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    Computer model of sequence of construction: surround skirt of wood logs installed.
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    Computer model of sequence of construction: Mud roof covering installed.
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    Section through two adjoining pithouses from The Ruins at Kiatuthlanna, Eastern Arizona by Frank H. H. Roberts Jr.; United States Government Printing Office, 1931. Key: a, Main support posts; b, faces of benches; c, main stringers; d, lesser roof timbers; e, small roofing poles; f, timbers bridging space between rectangular frameworks; g, sloping side walls; h, timbers connecting sloping walls of two structures; i, wattle wall between rooms; k, sipapu; m, fire pits; n, deflector; o, ventilator of C opening into B; p, ladders; q, ground level.
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    At Kiatuthlanna there is a small elegant pueblo structure built after the pit houses. The translucent section of the computer model was determined to be the original building at this site built entirely of adobe. Subsequently the larger L-shaped building was built in several phases in both stone and adobe. Eventually the first phase was filled with rubble and use was abandoned. View of computer model looking south.
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    View of pueblo computer model looking northwest. Note that the abandoned first section of building is built on top of an abandoned pit house. Note that there is only one ground level doorway that leads into a series of door-connected rooms.
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