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Agency

Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation Highway Design Division

Abstract

During March of 1986, archaeologists from the cultural resources staff of the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation (SDHPT) conducted limited testing at the prehistoric site of 41VV801 in eastern Val Verde County, Texas. Portions of the site, which is located along a terrace remnant between Miers Draw and Red Bluff Creek, extend into the right-of-way of US Highway 277. The area within the right-of-way was investigated to determine the site's significance and its merit as a State Archeological Landmark. The results of testing indicated that the site had been disturbed extensively by a long span of natural processes, the most significant of which was determined to be hydrological scouring from nearby drainages. Little evidence remained of stratified cultural deposits and the material collection from excavated units was considered minimal. On the basis of subsurface examinations and analysis of recovered materials, 41VV801 is not considered worthy of State Archeological Landmark designation. Less than 10% of the estimated former site area is thought to remain relatively intact, given the past impacts of earlier highway and bridge construction, land clearing, and natural erosional processes.

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