Message #361:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Adobe-lined Fire Pits

[ AzTeC / SWA SASIG ] :

From: Harry Shafer

I am seeking information on extramural adobe-lined pits found widely throughout the SW. 
These vary in size from ca. 40-80 cm in diameter, and may be from 10-40 cm deep.  They 
are very common around Mimbres pueblos and occur in courtyards and plazas adjacent to 
cobble-adobe structures.  Some have burned rock and dark ash fill, while others have 
been cleaned out and filled over.  My concern is one of function since archaemagnetic 
samples yield negative results.  Julian Hayden argued that they are adobe puddling or 
mixing pits.  Based on our findings in the Mimbres Valley, clearly not all of them 
served this function.  I'm sure there is a lot of gray literature out there in Arizona 
and New Mexico where the function of these features have been discussed. I'm requesting 
help and suggestions in locating such references and other information on these features. 

Harry Shafer