Archaeological Site 41RB31 is located at the edge of the cap rock overlooking Red Deer Creek, approximately 1.2 miles south of US 60 at the junction of proposed FM 3367 and a second county road. At the present time, the site appears to be a relatively undisturbed single component site.
Testing of portions of the site within the proposed highway right-of-way is being initiated by the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation (SDHPT) in accordance with Procedures for the Protection of Historic and Cultural Properties (36 CFR, Part 800), procedures which are prescribed by law and endorsed by the Federal Highway Administration. Objectives of the test are to determine the nature of the site, its cultural affiliation and whether those portions included within in the highway right-of-way meet the criteria for inclusion within the National Register of Historic Places.
Testing will deal specifically with the determination of the depth of the deposits which contain archaeological materials and the determination of a more precise site limit within the SDHPT right-of-way. Of prime concern will be the cultural context and stratification of material present. Artifacts and associated cultural debris will be recorded in situ, where possible. Cultural features, if encountered, will be investigated to the extent of determining the nature and possible affiliation and/or significance of those features. Documentation will consist of field notes, level reports, drawings, and photographic records.
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