Lost City 6 is made up of several individual sites that include possible pit houses, storages areas, and pueblos.
The depressions in the ground that we observed appeared to be the remains of pit houses or storage areas. The depressions ranged from 3’ to approximately 13’ in diameter. We also saw what might have been the foundations of several pueblos and what may have been a storage area. At many of the other sites in the area (Lost City 1 – 5) we have observed pottery sherds, but no lithics. At this particular site we found pottery sherds and we also came across a small lithic scatter which we had not seen at any of the other Lost City sites.
Since we do not have access to official reports on the Lost City, and obviously we cannot excavate a ruin, we can only make educated guesses at what we are looking at. Part of that guess work is taken from the definitions below.
Pit house ruins: Are normally circular and below ground with a wood and/or dirt roof and are older than pueblos. The ruins of a pit house will usually present itself as a circle with a depression in the center. The depression is where the roof collapsed in on itself. You will normally not see a rock ring or circle of rocks around the upper edge of the pit house.
Pueblo ruins: Can be square, round or circular, or rectangular, and may or may not be connected with other pueblos. In Nevada they are normally single story unlike their counterparts in the four corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona which can be multiple stories. The ruins will normally present themselves as a square, circular, or rectangular rock patterns or outlines on the ground, and they may or may not be connected to each other.