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An Archaeological Survey of Approximately 220 Miles of Right-of-Way for the Test Support Network Fiber Optics Cable Backbone on White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.

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Final rept. 27 Feb-31 Mar 94,

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This report presents the results of a cultural resources survey of approximately 220 miles of the proposed right-of-way for a buried fiber optics cable on White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico. The inventoried property is administered variously by the Department of the Army at White Sands Missile Range, Holloman Air Force Ease, and White Sands National Monument. Survey included land areas in Dona Ana, Otero, Lincoln, and Socorro counties. The survey area consisted of a 50-foot wide right-of-way traversing the missile range proper from south to north following existing roads. Approximately 203.3 miles 1232.12 acres were composed of properties on White Sands Missile Range, 14.2 miles 86.06 acres on Holloman Air Force Base, and 2.5 miles 15.15 acres on White Sands National Monument. Personnel of Geo-Marine, Inc., conducted the survey during February and March 1994. As a result of the current project, 15 new archaeological sites and 74 isolated artifacts were located and documented along the planned installation route. Twelve previously recorded archaeological sites were relocated in the right-of-way corridor. These 27 total sites were inspected to assess potential impact from installation of the fiber optics cable. Of the 27 total sites that fall within the right-of-way, 25 are located on White Sands Missile Range and the remaining two are located on Holloman Air Force Ease. Of the 15 new sites, 10 are considered potentially eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places NRHP and five are considered to be of unknown eligibility at the present time.

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  • Humanities and History
  • Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics

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