Cultural Resources Investigations of the East and West Bayou Sale Tie-In Levee, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana.
EARTH SEARCH INC NEW ORLEANS LA
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This report presents the results of cultural resources investigations by Earth Search, Inc. ESI, for the East and West Bayou Sale Tie-in Levee, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. The Tie-in Levee consists of new levee construction between the two existing levees which flank Bayou Sale, and foreshore protection along the south bank of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway GIWW where it crosses the bayou. The project right-of-way has an average width of 200 ft 60.96 m and contains approximately 20.43 ac 8.27 ha. ESI conducted Phase I intensive pedestrian survey of the proposed construction right-of-way and did not locate any previously unknown cultural resources. However, Phase II National Register test excavations were conducted at the previously-recorded North Bend Bridge site 16SMY66, which is located within the Area of Potential Effect APE. Excavations included three backhoe trenches and four 1 x 1 m hand units. These excavations revealed the presence of intact domestic midden at the site, demonstrating that the site possesses the quality of integrity necessary for nomination to the NRHP. Cultural deposits are associated with the post-1905 occupation of the area by quarters cabins of the consolidated StokleyVinson North Bend Plantation site 16SMY132 located across the GIWW and north of 16SMY66. It is recommended that if these sites can not be avoided during construction, that archeological data recovery be undertaken simultaneously at 16SMY66 and 16SMY132. A research design for data recovery at these two sites is resented.
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