Identification and Evaluation of Submerged Anomalies, Mobile Harbor, Alabama.
ESPEY HOUSTON AND ASSOCIATES INC AUSTIN TX
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An archaeological Phase II assessment of 12 magnetic anomalies has been completed as part of a planned harbor expansion and modification by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District. The study resulted in the identification of a Civil War harbor obstruction which is potentially eligible to the National Register of Historic Places. The other 11 investigated anomalies were found to consist of modern debris with no historic or archaeological significance. The archaeological and historical data developed during this study demonstrate that a section of the Confederate harbor obstructions of Mobile runs diagonally through a proposed Turning Basin. These obstructions consist, in part, of vessels which were loaded with brick and sunk across the old channel in the period 1862-1864. An investigated anomaly identified as TB-4-3 is believed to represent one of these vessels. A mitigation plan for anomaly TB-4-3, the brick obstruction, as well as suggestions for further lines of research along the rest of the line, are presented to the Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, for future planning of the Mobile Bay Project.
- Marine Engineering