House 8

House 8 was a rectangular pithouse with supports in the rounded corners. The pit ranged from 18" to 24" deep. Fourteen secondary supports were found set along the periphery of the west wall. These were supported by a short wall, 2'-5" high. The north, south and east walls were of masonry. The floor was plastered with adobe, but the walls were left untreated. No entrance was located, as the structure was built over the circular storage pit House 8A. A rectangular firepit, composed of two adjacent round basins, was outlined with stones which projected 2" above the surface of the floor. The firepit was 8" deep and lined with adobe. The presence of burned adobe, evidence of fire along the north wall and charred supports and roof fragments suggest that this house was destroyed by fire.

This house type is consistent with the San Francisco Phase of Mogollon culture, dating from AD 650 to 750.

Pottery
Intrusives
Jewelry
Bone Artifacts
Lithic Artifacts
Ceramic Artifacts


Pottery

House 8 has the most continuous sequence of pottery at the site. The earliest types are shown here, and include textured plainwares and early painted types. The later types are depicted on another page dedicated to Intrusives.


SHERDS

Textured plainware types
House 8
Wheatley Ridge Ruin
LMA 22786

SHERDS

Mogollon Red-on-Brown
House 8
Wheatley Ridge Ruin
LMA 22783

SHERDS

Red-on-gray wares
House 8
Wheatley Ridge Ruin
LMA 22782

SHERDS

Three Circle Red-on-White
House 8
Wheatley Ridge Ruin
LMA 22781

SHERDS

Black-on-white types
House 8
Wheatley Ridge Ruin
LMA 22780

BOWL FRAGMENT

Reserve Black-on-White - Puerco Style
House 8
Wheatley Ridge Ruin
LMA 22779

SHERDS

Black-on-white types
House 8
Wheatley Ridge Ruin
LMA 22780

Intrusives

Several more sophisticated black-on-white types and polychrome wares were found in House 8. Of particular interest was a fragment of a human effigy pot, probably an import from the Casas Grandes area.


SHERDS

Black-on-white types
House 8
Wheatley Ridge Ruin
LMA 22780


SHERDS

Black-on-white types
House 8
Wheatley Ridge Ruin
LMA 22780


SHERDS

Intrusive types
House 8
Wheatley Ridge Ruin
LMA 22792


SHERD

Starkweather Smudged Decorated
House 8
Wheatley Ridge Ruin
LMA 22789


SHERD

Tularosa White-on-Red
House 8
Wheatley Ridge Ruin
LMA 22789


SHERD

Villa Ahumada Polychrome?
House 8
Wheatley Ridge Ruin
LMA 22780


Jewelry

Two fragments of shell bracelets were found in the fill of House 8.


SHELL BRACELET (FRAGMENTS)

Glycymeris shell
House 8, fill
Wheatley Ridge Ruin
LMA 22773


Bone Artifacts

A bone spatula was found in the fill of House 8.


SPATULA

Bone
House 8, fill
Wheatley Ridge Ruin
LMA 22777

Lithic Artifacts

A single basalt point, a well-worn mano and a pitted hammerstone were among the lithics found in House 8. The Latter two artifacts came from the floor of the house.


POINT

Basalt
House 8, fill
Wheatley Ridge Ruin
LMA 22772

Ceramic Artifacts

A single fragmentary ceramic disk was found in the fill of House 8.


CERAMIC DISK

Plainware type
House 8, fill
Wheatley Ridge Ruin
LMA 22774