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Phase 1 Cultural Resources Survey and Archeological Inventory of the Bayou Sorrel Lock Replacement Project, Iberville Parish, Louisiana

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Final rept Sep-Oct 1999

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This document presents the results of the Phase I cultural resources survey and archeological inventory of the proposed Bayou Sorrel Lock Replacement Project Contract No. DACW29-97-D-0018 in Iberville Parish, Louisiana. This investigation was completed on behalf of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, by R. Christopher Goodwin Associates, Inc., in September and October of 1999. As part of the cultural resources component associated with this undertaking, an archeological inventory was authorized to assess three separate tracts within the Area of Potential Effect these totaled 144.4 ha 356.8 ac in size. Each of the three project items was assessed as having a high probability for containing intact cultural deposits by archeologists on staff with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District. Fieldwork for this project consisted of pedestrian survey augmented by systematic shovel testing throughout the Area of Potential Effect. This investigation resulted in the identification and subsequent assessment of four standing structures 24-896, 24-897, 24-898, and 24-899. In addition, previously recorded Site 16IV23 fell within the limits of the overall Area of Potential Effect and it was revisited as part of this investigation. The site, which had been situated on a natural levee between an unnamed creek and the Lower Grand River, has been destroyed by prior borrow activities associated with the construction of the East Atchafalaya Basin Protection Levee. On the basis of this intensive cultural resources investigation, four standing structures and one previously recorded archeological site were identified. None of the cultural resources identified within the Area of Potential Effect associated with the Bayou Sorrel Lock Replacement Project possess the qualities of significance as defined by the National Register of Historic Places criteria for evaluation 36 CFR 60.4 A-D. No additional testing of these three project items is recommendc

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  • Humanities and History
  • Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology

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