Casa 5128 – a Purépecha public building
Excavation is proceeding well at Casa 5128 – one of two areas currently under excavation. 5128 represents a large building that dominates a small neighborhood of residential and public architecture near one of the largest pyramid complexes at the ancient city.
Casa 5128 is constructed on a large platform of stone and rubble that served to flatten a small hill that forms one end of the complex. On top of this platform walls were constructed of uncut stacked stone with simple clay mortar. We started excavation by systematically clearing rubble and debris to expose the original exterior and interior. This also fully exposed the interior areas of the house so that they could be excavated. At the close of the excavation season the walls and platform of the house will be stabilized and reburied.
Excavation within the house interior shows a clear sequence of debris on top of a Late Postclassic floor (A.D. 1350-1520), with a second possible floor below containing a mixed Early-Middle Postclassic assemblage (A.D. 1000-1350). This is followed by fill and debris that form the platform itself.
As of today (03/21/2013) we have fully excavated the interior of the house and exposed the platform at the base of the floor-area. Now the hard part, mapping, drawing profiles, and making sure everything is fully documented prior to consolidation and reburial.