Class III Survey and Testing of Cultural Resources in Proposed Flood Control System Right-of-Way, Southeastern El Paso, El Paso County, Texas
MARIAH ASSOCIATES INC ALBUQUERQUE NM
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This report describes results of Class III intensive survey and limited testing of undisturbed portions of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed flood diversion projects in the southeastern part of El Paso, Texas. The project area is located between the Rio Grande and Interstate 10 in El Paso. The intact portion of the site is potentially eligible to the National Register of Historic Places because of the presence of hearths and the possibility for dating associated artifacts. Adverse impacts primarily occurred 3-10 years ago and consisted of blading the hill slope to obtain fill for construction, followed by aeolian and colluvial erosion and some pothunting. These impacts have reduced site integrity to approximately 50 percent intactness many of the hearths have lost charcoal, and much of the materials is surficial in depth. Testing within the right-of-way described in this report constitutes mitigation of adverse impacts to known surface aspects of the site since it demonstrated paucity of subsurface materials and lack of depositional integrity on hardpan surfaces. Should subsurface materials be encountered during construction, they will require archaeological recording. Keywords Flood control Archaeology.
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