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  • Pit House (Julie Nicoletta)

The reconstructed pit house demonstrates the major building type erected during the first Anasazi period, whose people are called the Basketmakers (300 B.C.–A.D.600). Measuring approximately 20 feet in diameter, the house was sunk into the ground. A dome-shaped wood frame, covered with hard-packed dirt, was built outside and over the pit, forming the roof. The frame is not visible from the exterior. A wood pole with notches served as a ladder used to enter the house through a hole in the center of the domical roof. The interior is a single round room with a domed ceiling and stuccoed walls; latías form the ceiling.

Writing Credits

Julie Nicoletta


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Julie Nicoletta, "Pit House", [Moapa Valley, Nevada], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Nevada, Julie Nicoletta. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000, 247-247.

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