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Research Design for Investigations at the Ruben Hancock Site, 41TV875 Travis County, Texas
The Ruben Hancock Site (41TV875) is located on the centerline of the extension of Parmer Lane. This extension begins at FM 1325 (Burnet Road) and terminates at FM 620. The site was found during a survey of the right-of-way conducted by the author on the 9th of August, 1984. Other sites were found during the survey but were too ephemeral or too disturbed to warrant further investigation. It was judged at the time of the survey that the Ruben Hancock Site, because of its undisturbed condition and the presence of metal and glass artifacts, warranted further investigation. It was suggested that the testing consist of a metal detector survey.
The metal detector survey indicated the presence of buried metallic artifacts in a core area. The results indicate that there are both exposed and buried at the site (Appendix I).
In accordance with Procedures for the Protection of Historic and Cultural Properties (36 CFR, Part 800), prescribed and endorsed by the Federal Highway Administration, and in concurrence with the Office of the State Historic Preservation Officer, affected sites were evaluated with regard to their potential for eligibility for inclusion within the National Register for Mistoric Places. The sites likewise were evaluated for their suitability as state archaeological landmarks since they will be on state land once the right-of-way has been purchased and will fall under the aegis of Texas Antiquities Code.
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