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Hill Air Force Base: Archaeological Monitoring of Target and Access Road Development for the TS-5-2 Target Area, Utah Test and Training Range, Tooele County, Utah

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Final rept. Jan 2001-Jun 2002

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, contracted with Geo-Marine, Inc. to conduct archaeological monitoring for a U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command ACC project on the Utah Test and Training Range, which is located in Tooele County, western Utah. Monitoring of ground-disturbing activities associated with ACC development of Target TS-5-2 and a 2.5-mile dirt access road on the TS-5 Wild Isle area of UTTR was undertaken in January 2001. Additional target and access road development monitoring was conducted in July and August of 2001, and the results of this work are included as an addendum to this volume. The TS-5-2 project area consisted of the target complex and the access road, both of which required construction. The removal of vegetation and a thin layer of soil, less than 2-to-3 feet below the surface, by a bulldozer was to be the primary impact. Previous archaeological surveys of the entire TS-5 area had documented numerous sites and had identified the area as possessing potential for containing important buried cultural deposits beneath the sand dunes. Based on these surveys, the road and target area were designed to avoid known sites, but the road route passed adjacent to several recorded sites. The monitoring objective was to assure that known sites were avoided and to verify that the nearby sites did not extend into the proposed roadway. Other monitoring considerations included heavy equipment activity outside of the intended roadway and future bombing in the target area. Shovel probes were used to access subsurface deposits, and the use of a backhoe allowed for the documentation of the geomorphological structure of the TS-5 landform. No cultural material was found, but data were collected that will aid future archaeological efforts. The results of the monitoring and geomorphological investigations indicate that development of the TS-5-2 access road and target area will have no effect on cultural resources. 2 tables, 11 figures, 9 re7

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  • Geology, Geochemistry and Mineralogy
  • Environmental Health and Safety

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