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Submerged Cultural Resources Survey of the Vermilion River Between State Route 353 to the Milton Bridge, Lafayette and Vermilion Parishes, Louisiana

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Final rept. 1-9 Nov 2000

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This report presents the results of a Phase I Archeological Remote Sensing Survey of the Vermilion River in Lafayette and Vermilion parishes, louisiana. These investigations were conducted from November 1 - 9, 2000, by R. Christopher Goodwin Associates, Inc., on behalf of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District USACE-NOD, in support of the proposed maintenance dredging of approximately 17.3 miles of the Vermilion River. This study was undertaken to assist the USACE-NOD to satisfy its responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended, prior to the disposal of dredged material at this location. All aspects of the investigations were completed in compliance with the Scope-of-Work and with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation Federal Register 48, No 190, 1983. The study area for this project consisted of nine survey blocks, each measuring approximately two miles long and consisting of 1 to 3 adjacent lines, depending on the width and depth of the river and the amount of encumbering debris. The survey area measured a total of 92,400 ft in length, with an average width of 132 ft and encompassed approximately 281.3 acres. The objectives of this study were to identity specific targets that might represent significant submerged cultural resources, modem debris, pipelines, cables, or related items within the project area, and to provide the USACE-NOD with management recommendations for any cultural resources present. These objectives were met applying a research design that combined background archival investigations and a riverine archeological remote sensing survey. Background archival investigations indicated a low potential for encountering submerged historic cultural resources within the project area. A review of louisiana archeological site files and relevant research reports documented no sites within the survey area.

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  • Humanities and History
  • Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology

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