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Phase I Remote Sensing Marine Archeological Survey of the Proposed West Bay Diversion Anchorage Area, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana

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Final rept. 13-20 Feb 2000, Phase I

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This report presents the results of a Phase I marine remote sensing survey for the West Bay Diversion Project on the Mississippi River, Plaquemines Parish, louisiana. These investigations were conducted during February 13 - 20, 2000, by R. Christopher Goodwin Associates, Inc. on behalf of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District USACE-NOD. The study was undertaken to assist the USACE-NOD in satisfying its responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended. All aspects of the investigations were completed in accordance with the Scope-of-Work, and the Secretary of the Interiors Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation Federal Register 48, No 190,1983. The survey area consists of two areas, of which both lie in the Mississippi River, near Cubits Gap, from Old Quarantine to the Head of Passes. The first area measures approximately 4 mi 6,485 m long and 500 ft 152 m wide, and encompassed approximately 244 acres. This area is proposed to be maintained for anchorage. The second area is an area within the limits of the CutDiversion and measures approximately 4,600 ft 1,402 m long and 1,239 ft 378 m wide, and covered roughly 130.8 acres. The objectives of this study were to identify specific targets within the project area that might represent significant cultural resources, and to provide the USACE-NOD with management recommendations for such resources. These objectives were met with a research design that combined background archival investigations and a marine archeological remote sensing survey. Archeological investigations consisted of a controlled marine remote sensing survey of approximately 67.0 linear miles of river bottom. This survey utilized a differential global positioning system DGPS, a digital recording side scan sonar, a recording proton procession magnetometer, a fathometer, and hydrographic navigational computer software.

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  • Humanities and History
  • Hydrology, Limnology and Potamology

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