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Cultural resources assessment and archaeological testing was conducted on the proposed Midland North Loop by the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation (SDHPT) during the period October 4 through October 7, 1983, by a member of the SDHPT cultural resources staff and local SDHPT assistants. Additional collaboration was received from Dr. Michael Collins and other members of the Midland Archeological Society. The area within the proposed project is rural farm and ranchland with some urban development. The area is level to nearly level farmland with stable and active dunes. Drainage in the area consists primarily of playas. The project involves construction of a four-lane divided road-way with access roads. The area under investigation involves existing roadways and new location (Fig. 1). Two archaeological sites in the vicinity had been reported previously and were recommended for additional investigation (Fig. 1).
Testing of the two sites, 41MD19 and 41MD23, was conducted in accordance with Procedures for the Protection of Historic and Cultural Properties (36 CFR, Part 800), procedures prescribed and endorsed by the Federal Highway Administration. Testing was to determine the eligibility for inclusion to the National Register of Historic Places.
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