The Reading Site, 41BU16, is a prehistoric and historic site located in Burleson County, Texas, on the south terrace of the Brazos River at the crossing of State Highway 21. The site was first reported in 1972 but was not known to extend into the right-of-way of SH 21 until the clearing of heavy brush in the right-of-way in 1979 revealed its presence. Since that time the site has been known by local collectors, but the archaeology section of the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation (SDHPT) was not notified until August 25, 1983.

Since the bridge construction project was begun in May, 1983, the site has already been dramatically impacted by construction activities. A portion of the site remains intact within the right-of-way. This area is approximately 10 by 45 meters in extent and was the subject of the testing report.

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